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Former community justice director pleads guilty on meth charge

Former Jackson County Community Justice Director Shane Hagey today entered a conditional guilty plea to a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

With a conditional plea, Hagey reserves his right to appeal his case. People who enter regular guilty pleas waive their rights to appeal.

Hagey, 48, resigned in March following his December 2015 arrest for buying methamphetamine from a Medford Police Department informant at a Purple Parrot outlet. Police had been investigating Hagey after the informant told them Hagey had been buying meth.

Hagey was sentenced to 18 months' probation, 40 hours of community service and a $200 court fine.

He declined to comment about his case.

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said in a statement, "When someone who holds a leadership position in the criminal justice system commits a crime, it affects the legitimacy of the entire system. However, it is also a reminder that addiction can affect anyone in our community."

Hagey went through drug treatment after his arrest to deal with his addiction, according to his defense attorney, Carl Caplan.

"He's done everything he can to address it," Caplan said.

As director of Community Justice, Hagey oversaw adult probation and parole, juvenile probation, the juvenile detention facility and the Community Justice Transition Center in Jackson County.

During his probation, Hagey will be supervised by Douglas County Community Justice Department probation officers.

The standard conditions of his probation include obeying all laws, consuming no intoxicants, submitting to random drug testing, no use or possession of controlled substances except prescriptions, not associating with people using drugs and submitting to searches by his probation officer.

Under Oregon law, Hagey can apply to have his felony methamphetamine conviction converted to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation. He also will be eligible to have the conviction expunged from his record after three years, Heckert said.

Last week, Josephine County Circuit Judge Lindi Baker ruled the Jackson County District Attorney's Office had the right to deny Hagey entry into a conditional-discharge program, which is another route to eventually have a felony conviction removed from a person's record.

The DA's office commonly offers defendants in first-time drug possession cases entry into a conditional-discharge program, but Heckert denied Hagey entry, citing his position in the community.

Caplan had argued everyone should be treated the same, regardless of his position in the community.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

Shane Hagey, right, with his defense attorney, Carl Caplan, pleads guilty Monday to a charge of possessing methamphetamine. Mail Tribune/ Denise Baratta