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Former Springfield police officer that used badge for sex now wants to be lawyer

The Board of Bar Examiners determined that Neil Halttunen had not shown that he ''is currently of good character'' and denied him admission to the bar.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 6:52 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon State Bar has rejected the application of a former Springfield police officer to become a lawyer after its investigators found that he had used his police position to exploit vulnerable women for sex and lied about it.

The Board of Bar Examiners determined that Neil Halttunen had not shown that he ''is currently of good character'' and denied him admission to the bar.

A hearings panel later upheld the board's decision.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 51-year-old Halttunen of Salem has appealed the decision to the Oregon Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on the case in May.

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