Cop accused of rape has history of run-ins with law, but kept job

Cop accused of rape has history of run-ins with law, but kept job »Play Video
Beaverton police Officer Chris Warren appears before a judge in a Clark County courtroom Thursday morning accused of raping a 5-year-old child. Warren lives in Vancouver but works in Beaverton.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Beaverton police officer with a history of run-ins is on the wrong side of the law again. This time he's accused of raping a 5-year-old child.

Officer Chris Warren was fired once but the city of Beaverton gave him his job back. The reason he's kept his job is he has never been convicted of anything.

Warren, 33, was in a Clark County courtroom Thursday morning to face the charge of rape of a child. He lives in Vancouver but works in Beaverton.

He's being kept separately from other inmates at the Clark County Jail for his own protection. The judge told him he can't be released from jail before his trial because the charges against him are too severe. The judge set bail at $250,000.

Last month he was in a Washington County courtroom accused of using food stamps he didn't qualify for. Those cases are just starting.

But four years ago Warren was put on leave. He was investigated for inappropriately touching a girl when he himself was a teenager. He was never charged.

But Warren was fired in 2011 after allegations he didn't report his friend for suspected child abuse. Then later that year the city of Beaverton gave him his job back after Warren and the union appealed his firing.

"The day it was set to go to an arbitrator, the city, Chris Warren and his attorney worked on it and came up with a compromise, and Chris Warren was then reinstated as an employee of the city of Beaverton," said Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe. "He has been reassigned as a desk officer since he was reinstated in 2011."

Rowe couldn't talk about the issue further because it was a personnel issue and is confidential.

In total, Warren has been accused four times but has never been convicted.

Stepson says stepfather being framed

Warren's stepson, 19-year-old Isaiah Armstead, is coming to his defense, saying Warren's been framed in these accusations of child abuse.

He is pointing the finger at his own mother. He says she's made up the child rape allegations against Warren, her former husband.

Armstead said it's hard to call out his own mother.

"It's one of the toughest things that I've had to do, her continuing to wrong people and continuing to get away with things that she has no basis or claim is absolutely wrong," he said.

By phone Dina Sanchez said her son is wrong and she hasn't talked to him in two years. She then said she doesn't think she should talk about the case.

Her son said throughout the years she coached him and his siblings about what to say in court for previous divorce and child custody cases to make herself look good.

"We have all been abused both physically and mentally by her," Armstead said. "In my opinion, she does not care what she says or who she hurts because no one has ever held her accountable for what she does."