The Clark County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that a corrections deputy charged with sexual misconduct has been fired.
Christopher North, 29, of Vancouver had been on administrative leave from the agency since July 13, when he became the target of an investigation involving a female inmate. He was fired Thursday.
North faces charges of second-degree custodial sexual misconduct and indecent liberties with forcible compulsion. Prosecutors in the case filed aggravating factors, which allege abuse of trust on a vulnerable victim and allow for a longer-than-normal sentence.
North locked the inmate, who was transported from Cowlitz County and was on her way to Clackamas County, Ore., in a changing area at the Clark County Jail, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in support of the charges. He allegedly accosted her in the changing room and masturbated on her, the affidavit states.
The alleged incident took place about 4 a.m. July 11, but the woman didn’t report it until she arrived in Clackamas County, the court document states. Detectives with the sheriff’s office investigated, and North voluntarily turned himself in July 26 after consulting with an attorney in Tacoma.
North was hired by the sheriff’s office in January 2015.