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Clark County Sheriff’s correctional deputy fired

VANCOUVER — A corrections deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office was terminated April 10. Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins released Christopher North from his employment just under three weeks after the deputy was arrested for on-duty sexual assault.

On July 26, detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested the 29-year-old North as the result of an investigation into allegations by a female who was an inmate at the Clark County Jail.

North was taken into custody today and booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of indecent liberties (RCW 9A.44.100) with referred charges of custodial sexual misconduct in the second degree (RCW 9A.44.170).

North has been employed as a corrections deputy since January 2015.

“I take this extremely seriously”, said Sheriff Atkins. “I will not allow this type of misconduct to take place in my jail.”

Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and have requested that specific details of the case not be released to the public as the release of those details may hinder further investigation.

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Anyone who may have information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit by calling (877) 274-6311 or (360) 397-2120.

No further information concerning this case will be released at this time.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office provided information for this report.

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Ken Vance, Editor

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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