An Oregon official is accused of kidnapping and attempting sexual assault on a woman with autism while walking to get fast food, federal prosecutors said.
Zachary Glover, 28, of Lebanon, Oregon, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of kidnapping and disqualification This was announced on February 18 by the US Attorney’s Office in Oregon County in a press release.
Glover’s lawyer is not listed in federal court documents.
Glover worked as a crisis specialist in the Oregon Department of Social Services, as well as in the Stabilization and Crisis Department, the press release said.
“Glover was tasked with ensuring the health, safety and security of those who lived in the apartment where he worked,” the press release said.
His job included taking the woman in a safe van to Taco Bell driveway, the indictment said.
The woman has “significant limitations” and communicates mostly through “images, videos and images,” the news release said.
During one such trip on November 2, 2021, Glover is accused of driving with her to a dead end near the cemetery in Omsville, the documents say.
“He parked the van, opened the back passenger door where the victim was sitting, lowered his shorts, grabbed the victim and committed sexual acts,” the press release said. Five minutes later, he got into the car again and returned to the stabilization and crisis unit, according to prosecutors.
Authorities working in the crisis unit learned of the allegations on Nov. 12, the Oregon Department of Social Services said in a statement. Glover was placed on administrative leave without pay.
“The Oregon Department of Social Services (ODHS), the Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS) and the Department of Stabilization and Crisis (SACU) condemn all acts of abuse and take all allegations of abuse seriously,” the state agency said.
Glover was a civil servant from February 5, 2018 to January 20, 2022.
If he commits, he faces the maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted.
Omsville is located about 12 miles southeast of Salem.