Curry County sheriff’s deputies arrested Yamhill County Deputy District Attorney Amanda Dresen and charged her with assault Sunday, a day after she allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old Curry County boy at a family gathering on Winchuck River Road.
According to Sheriff John Ward, Deputy Ray Warren found probable cause for charges after he took statements, spoke to the minor boy and investigated.
“Amanda Dresen was arrested for assault 4 and bailed out by a friend,” Ward said. “Any other charges would be brought by the DA.”
Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial declined to offer details on a pending case but said he would be deciding whether or not to file charges by June 11.
According to Oregon statutes, fourth-degree assault (assault 4) is a misdemeanor charged when someone intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes physical injury to another.
Brittany Vanderhoof, the child’s mother, said the incident happened Saturday, but she was not informed until Sunday when another child’s mother told her.
“My son is 13 years old and was choked with his airway cut-off by an adult,” she said. “He has marks on his neck and body.”
According to Vanderhoof, her son said he was attacked twice. The first time was minor and he was able to get back up. But, the second time, he said, she had his throat so tightly that he couldn’t move and he was choking, according to Vanderhoof.
Amanda Dresen did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.
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