Eugene police rape allegation gains national attention

Nine months after KEZI first reported the story, the alleged rape of a Eugene woman by an EPD officer was covered by a national media outlet.

Posted: Apr 30, 2021 1:15 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2021 2:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Nine months after KEZI 9 News reported claims by a Eugene woman that she was raped by a Eugene police officer, the story is gaining national attention.

VICE News, a nationwide news website, released an investigative follow-up yesterday, detailing the accusations of Jamie Clark.


"The VICE article was written without the benefit of access to full independent investigation and may have inaccurate information," EPD Chief Chris Skinner said in a press release.

The alleged perpetrator, police officer Christopher Drumm, resigned from EPD last June after being placed on administrative leave. He has not been charged with a crime.

"Currently, Mr. Drumm's police certification is inactive and he has been flagged for review and possible revocation for moral fitness," Skinner said.

Skinner also noted he takes "allegations of sexual assault very seriously and appreciates the system we have in place to hold us accountable to this community and their expectations."

Clark was arrested in connection to a protest that formed outside police headquarters in response to her claims. 

It was unclear whether the criminal investigation against Drumm remains open, but a press release from Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow provided a timeline of the legal proceedings. According to Perlow, the investigation is still open, and Clark has declined to testify in front of the Grand Jury.

But an attorney for Clark said the request had come only recently, and left open the possibilty that she may still testify.

"We cannot proceed to investigate felony charges without the cooperation of Jamie Clark," Perlow said. 

Perlow also mentioned some discrepancies between Clark's statements in the VICE piece and her legally issued court statements.

Perlow acknowledged the high level of public interest in the case, and said the court documents would be released as public information as soon as the case is concluded. At this time there is no concrete timeline for that.

(NOTE: KEZI 9 News does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but we are making an exception in this case because Clark previously identified herself.)

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