Umatilla County DA enters innocent plea

PENDLETON-- Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa has pleaded innocent to 11 contempt of court charges alleging he violated an order not to have contact with employees in his office.

The East Oregonian reports the Oregon Department of Justice claims Gushwa violated an order by Baker County Circuit Judge Gregory Baxter prohibiting Gushwa from contacting any employee in the district attorney's office.

The state claims Gushwa violated that order 11 times from Dec. 3 to 11 by contacting Jennifer Roe, an employee.

In November, the Department of Justice charged Gushwa with five misdemeanor counts of official misconduct claiming he use his office to obtain sex and tried to cover it up. Gushwa has pleaded innocent to those charges and has denied any wrongdoing.