A Jackson County jury has found a former Medford police officer guilty of perjury in a case that involved claims of sexual impropriety and phantom phone calls. (Correction: See below.)
The jury took little more than an hour to find against Joshua Danrich by a count of 11 to 1. Danrich, a 12-year veteran of the Medford Police Department, broke down as Circuit Court Judge Tim Gerking sentenced him to community service and three years' supervised probation for the two guilty verdicts.
Danrich was fired from the MPD in January 2010 because he lied under oath about receiving a distracting phone call from his girlfriend that he said caused him to turn down the wrong street while responding to a routine nuisance call in August 2009. The state charged Danrich criminally because his lies allowed him to receive $12,818 in unemployment benefits, said Jodee Jackson, a special prosecutor from Douglas County.
Danrich took the stand on Wednesday and said his supervisor at the time, Lt. Greg Lemhouse, lambasted him during a performance review in September 2008. Danrich said he was being retaliated against for complaining to management that Lemhouse had made sexual advances toward his girlfriend.
Lemhouse did not testify in the case and denied the allegations when contacted by the Mail Tribune.
Jackson said the case was never about whether anyone was out to get Danrich.
"(Danrich) lied because he wanted to get unemployment benefits," Jackson said.
— Sanne Specht
Correction: This story has been updated because Judge Gerking merged the misdemeanor false swearing charge with the felony perjury charge, leaving Danrich with a single conviction for perjury.