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Investigation into alleged Mahar assault continues

An investigation is continuing into the alleged assault of a television producer by the co-owner of a large Medford construction company, according to Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert.

Heckert said Wednesday the case involving builder Louis Frederick Mahar II has been assigned to an attorney in the District Attorney's Office.

Meanwhile, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation and information about the medical condition of the alleged victim is being gathered, Heckert said.

"We want to get all that information before we make a charging decision," she said.

Heckert declined to turn over a police report about the incident because the case is pending.

Mahar allegedly assaulted Shane Bishop, a producer for Dateline NBC who lives in Southern Oregon, at a June 3 graduation party for nursing students at Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point. The men attended the event with their wives.

On June 7, Mahar was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail on allegations of fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, harassment and sexual harassment. He was released on his own recognizance the next day, jail records show.

Mahar has not been arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on any charges.

Bishop issued a statement last week saying the alleged attack was completely unprovoked and any account to the contrary is total fabrication. He said witnesses corroborate his version of events.

Mahar has vowed to fight to have the case dismissed.

In an interview Friday, Mahar said he asked Bishop's wife to show him where the bathrooms were during the graduation party. When he came back from using a portable toilet at the event, he said Bishop put his hand on Mahar's shoulder and accused Mahar of hitting on Bishop's wife.

Mahar said he grabbed Bishop's shirt with two hands, the shirt tore off, Bishop fell and Mahar fell on top of him.

Mahar said he was not aware that Bishop had suffered significant injuries, including fractures.

Mahar denied acting in a sexually inappropriate way toward any of the women at the party.

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