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Friday, December 17, 2010

Former Portland Policeman Jailed, Accused of Sex Crimes With Minors

Posted on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

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Ryan E. Graichen—whom you may remember as the Madison High School resource officer who videotaped high school girls' "breast and crotch areas" while on duty—was jailed Thursday in Kennewick, Washington. The charges? Two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor with photography and three counts of commercial sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Benton County Jail.

Graichen is accused of approaching three teenage girls on June 13 in Columbia Park, Washington, and offering them each $300, pot and booze in exchange for coming home with him and allowing him to film them topless while he masturbated.

Two days later, Graichen allegedly approached a teen couple and asked if they would come home with him and put on a show. Specifically, he offered the girl $500 in exchange for watching him masturbate, according to court documents prepared by Deputy Prosecutor Anita Petra.

Whether these five teens returned home with Graichen is unclear, but he was separately identified by four female victims involved in two cases—one in May, one in June—according to Kennewick Detective Bill Dramis. And when Kennewick police searched Graichen's home, they found a locked gun safe with 14 firearms and a zippered case marked "GREAT" inside; in the case was a three-ring binder full of pictures of teenage girls wearing bikinis, naked teenage girls and teenage girls "engaging in a variety of sexual activities", according to court documents. Police also found possible video and DVD footage, a bikini set, a bikini bottom, condoms, cameras and a sticky green substance suspected to be marijuana.

It is Benton County Jail policy not to release mug shots to anyone, including the press, but Graichen did not have the foresight to strongly restrict his Facebook privacy settings.

More on Graichen's Portland history after the cut.

Graichen worked for the Portland Police force for almost eight years before he resigned—in lieu of termination—in August 2006. He worked as the resource officer for Madison High School and its feeder schools from October 2001 to September 2005, when he transferred to the PPB's Telephone Report Unit.

The transfer was a consequence of Graichen's homemade "Girls Gone Wild" video, which was assembled with clips of Madison High School students he'd filmed in 2003 while on duty at a school dance and a school basketball game. After two Portland sergeants asked to borrow Graichen's real, Joe-Francis-approved "Girls Gone Wild" video and Graichen (accidentally?) gave them his homemade version, the bureau initiated an internal investigation.

Graichen told internal affairs investigators that the videotape was a "stupid, spur-of-the-moment decision" (which he of course edited, titled and kept in his home for years), and claimed that he had videotaped the girls at their request. In a seven-page letter of explanation, Graichen blamed his behavior on post-police-shooting turmoil: In 2000, he witnessed a fellow officer shoot and kill and a 71-year-old man following the man's confrontation with a cable TV employee who was trying to disconnect his service, and, as we all know, the natural consequence of witnessing the bloody death of a 71-year-old man is preying on teenage dancers for sexual gratification.

Graichen's police certification was revoked in 2007, as he determinedly did not meet PPB's "moral fitness" standards. When asked for comment, Graichen told the Seattle Times, "I've moved on with my life."

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