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Portland police chief: Dispute with stepson ‘not my finest hour’

Associated Press

PORTLAND – The new Portland police chief has released reports from an investigation into whether he abused a teenage stepson.

Mike Marshman became chief last week after Larry O’Dea retired amid an off-duty shooting scandal. Days into his new job, it was revealed that Marshman had once been the subject of an abuse investigation.

The reports show Marshman’s ex-wife told a child abuse detective in 2006 that Marshman had choked the teen during a dispute four years earlier and drove the boy’s head into a wall. She had photos of her son’s neck bruises and the dented wall.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute.

Marshman says the confrontation was not his “finest hour” as a parent.

Mayor Charlie Hales stood by the chief in a statement late Tuesday.

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