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Police arrest hotel manager after harassment complaint

Medford police have arrested a manger at the Sovana Inn on Thursday after an employee reported that she was being sexually harassed, according to a news release.

Fernando Corvacho, 41, faces two charges of third degree sexual abuse and two addition charges of harassment from incidents that happened at the 250 E. Barnett Road hotel.

A 41-year-old female employee reported that Corvacho had groped her both outside and inside of her clothing, said Lt. Mike Budreau, public information officer for Medford police. She provided secret recordings of interactions that showed what had happened, he said.

"She did that on her own prior to us knowing about it," he said, adding that police don't recommend the method, as it can be unsafe for victims.

Budreau said that workplace sexual harassment is often under-reported due to harassed employees fearing for their jobs. He reminded survivors that unwanted sexual contact is more than a labor law violation or an issue with individual companies' policies — it's a criminal act.

Budreau said that if there are others in the community who feel they were victimized by Corvacho, or who have been victimized elsewhere, they are encouraged to come forward.

The department in recent years has worked to make the investigation process more manageable for survivors, Budreau said. It implemented a program called "You Are in Control," which allows survivors to set the pace of investigations after making an initial report.

"The old way is to make a report, and then we took over the investigation because we’re the experts," he said. "And sometimes, just the investigation in and of itself would cause an enormous amount of stress for the victim, and we’re trying to avoid that."

Anyone who believes they are a victim of workplace sexual harassment is encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch line at 541-770-4784. Sexual assaults or other violent acts should be reported by calling 9-1-1.

Corvacho is being held in Jackson County Jail, and his bail is set at $15,000.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

Fernando Corvacho