PENDLETON -- The Oregon Department of Justice will remain in charge of the Umatilla County district attorney's office during an investigation into alleged misconduct by District Attorney Dean Gushwa.
The East Oregonian reported that Gov. Ted Kulongoski has sent a letter to Attorney General John Kroger confirming the DOJ will keep managing the Umatilla office.
Gushwa said he was not sure what authority the governor is using to do that.
The state attorney general's office has accused Gushwa of intimidating and threatening two women he supervised into having sexual relations with him.
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He has pleaded innocent to five misdemeanor counts of official misconduct claiming he used his office to obtain sex and tried to cover it up.