PENDLETON -- Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa has accused prosecutors at the Oregon Department of Justice of bullying and lying in the official misconduct case against him.
The East Oregonian newspaper reported that Gushwa said he tried to resign his office in 2010, but changed his mind after what he called threats from Sean Riddell, chief counsel for the department's criminal division.
Gushwa's previous attorney has leveled the same accusations in a letter.
The state has accused Gushwa of intimidating and threatening two female assistants in the district attorney's office to have sexual relations with him from late 2008 to mid-2010. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A spokesman for Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said the state will not comment while the case still is in court.