Former Springfield Officer denied admission to the bar

Authorities said Halttunen had sexual interactions with 9 women he met while on duty.

Posted: Feb 21, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 6:40 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --- The Oregon State Bar rejected former Springfield police officer Neil Halttunen's application to become a lawyer.

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In denying his entry to the bar, examiners say he repeatedly abused his position by using his authority to get sex.

Authorities said Halttunen had sexual interactions with nine women he met on duty.

Examiners also said he had an affair with a police officer he met while working an event and with a dispatcher. 

He said all sexual interactions with the women were consensual and the board found that was not true. 

One of his accusers said when she managed a strip bar in Springfield he would come in on duty far more than what was needed for any legitimate police business.

She claims he began sending sexually explicit pictures and asked for some in return. She also says he would follow home other women who worked at the bar.

He resigned in 2012 under the agreement that the Springfield Police Department would close the investigation.

Devin Martin said he used to volunteer at the Springfield Police Department and worked with Halttunen.

"At first I was shocked, and then I started reading into it and various different females coming out of the woodworks," he said. "It also makes me wonder if there are other people out there trying to do this. It's sickening."

Halttunen has worked for many agencies over the years. He was a military police officer from 1989 to 1991. He then worked for the Lane County Sheriff's Office from 1993 to 1994. Halttunen worked for the Roseburg Police Department from 1994 to 1996.

He ended in Springfield where he was an officer from 1996 to 2012.

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