Bend (OR) police spokesman quits in sex scandal involving journalist and city employees

From Bend, Oregon, TV station KTVZ’s online news script (with my boldface): “Public Information Officer Chris Carney recently quit his job after detectives say he was found to have had sexual contact while on duty with four women,sexscandal three of whom were city employees, the fourth a member of the media. As it turned out out, Carney was having sex on duty for more than a decade.”

From KTVZ reporter Kandra Kent‘s on-air report (at right): “Public Information Officer Chris Carney recently quit his job after detectives say he was having on-duty sex with four women, three of which were City of Bend employees. Turns out Carney was having sex on-duty for more than a decade. …”

Kent never told viewers that the fourth woman is a journalist. (You can read the script and watch her report here.) I called Kent this morning to ask why, but the entire KTVZ news team was in a meeting, the receptionist told me.

I then called other Bend media and was told that the journalist who allegedly had a fling with the cop is married and still works with a Bend media outlet.

The Bend Bulletin reports the fired cop told police internal affairs that he “considers [the media person] a friend, someone he gives stories to and she calls him ‘a lot’ for stories.” I’m told that he also strangely put her name, with a hashtag, in many of his tweets and sometimes delivered donuts to her newsroom.

I’m hoping KTVZ news director Lee Anderson will return my call and give us a comment. Update: Anderson called back and said his reporter should have mentioned that the fourth woman is a journalist. He added that her name is redacted in police reports, but his station is investigating the matter.

* Bend cop spokesman quits after sex inquiry (bendbulletin.com)
* Sex scandal has Bend police department embarrassed (ktvz.com)

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