One of the top law enforcement officers in Oregon has admitted he shared information about sex abuse by former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt in 1989 &
long before it became public in 2004, according to a report released Monday.
The admission by Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto contradicted earlier statements about when Giusto learned that Goldschmidt had abused a teenage girl when Goldschmidt was mayor of Portland in the 1970s.
Giusto was assigned as a driver for Goldschmidt as governor, when Giusto was with the Oregon State Police.
The state report, first obtained by The Oregonian newspaper, said Giusto admitted he told former Goldschmidt speechwriter Fred Leonhardt about the abuse.
Leonhardt has said he learned explicit details about the case from Giusto.
Giusto has been under investigation for five months by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which released a 318-page draft report on Monday summarizing the results.
A sheriff's spokesman said Giusto would not comment on the report. Giusto has said repeatedly in recent weeks that he wouldn't discuss any aspect of the investigation.
The state report said Giusto wouldn't sign an affidavit swearing to his statements and wouldn't submit to a polygraph examination.
Leonhardt, the report said, did sign an affidavit and passed a polygraph.
The report also said that Margie Goldschmidt, the governor's former wife, "stated that Giusto knew about Goldschmidt's crime during the Goldschmidt administration." The report quoted her as saying "there was nothing that he could have done about it."
Margie Goldschmidt declined to discuss what she told Giusto, according to the report.
The findings support the state agency's conclusion that Giusto may have lied to the public in his past statements about what he knew of Goldschmidt's abuse. Giusto has long denied any specific knowledge of the abuse.
The report also indicated Giusto may have lied to the public about his dealings with Jim Jeddeloh, a prominent Portland businessman, and Jeddeloh's wife, Lee Doss.
The report cited information that Giusto lied about his handling of a concealed weapons permit for Jeddeloh and about the timing of his personal relationship with Doss, who now is divorced from Jeddeloh.
The state police standards agency investigated to determine whether Giusto lied to the public, which could cost him his certification as a police officer in Oregon.
A final version of the report will be sent to the agency's Police Policy Committee for review in January, agency officials said.
The committee is scheduled to consider the case at a Feb. 12 meeting.
Information from: The Oregonian, http:www.oregonlive.com
Report: Sheriff admits passing info to former governer