Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jailed On First-Degree Rape Charge

A Lane County sheriff’s deputy was jailed Friday on charges that allege he raped an 18-year-old woman and also provided a minor with both alcohol and marijuana, sheriff’s officials said.

Matthew Allison Hitson, 40, is being held in the Lane County Jail on charges that include first-degree rape, furnishing alcohol to a minor and delivery of marijuana to a minor.

Sheriff’s officials said they were notified Wednesday night that Springfield police had begun an investigation involving Hitson.

Hitson has worked as a sheriff’s deputy for three years, assigned to the department’s corrections division. Sheriff’s officials said Hitson has been placed on administrative leave, without pay. Officials said they also confiscated his sheriff’s uniforms, badge, identification and duty weapon.

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