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Concession Security Guard Convicted Of Sexual Assault

Crater Lake National Park

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On May 8th, Jeffery Fernandes was found guilty of felony abusive sexual contact in a two-day jury trial in federal district court in Medford, Oregon. The crime occurred inside the park at the Crater Lake Rim Dormitory in the early morning hours of August 31, 2007. Fernandes, 34, had been hired as a uniformed security guard by Xanterra, the park concessioner, and assigned to nighttime security of its property and interests. On the evening in question, Fernandes invited four underage Xanterra employees to his trailer in Mazama Campground for drinks. He socialized with them, served them alcohol, and drank with them. Several hours later, while on duty and in uniform, Fernandes continued drinking and doing shots of alcohol with the same and other Xanterra employees at the Rim Dormitory. A short time later, in the early morning hours, an intoxicated 24-year-old woman was carried to her bed and covered with a blanket.  Fernandes later came back to this room, entered without her permission, and sexually assaulted her. Two friends of the victim discovered Fernandes in the room with her and Fernandes quickly left. The incident was immediately reported and Crater Lake rangers responded and investigated. The case was prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office in Medford. Ranger Charles Mayer was case officer and investigator.


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