On-duty detective caught with prostitute in bushes, police say

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- An on-duty Oregon State Police detective was caught Tuesday afternoon with a prostitute in a bush off SE Johnson Creek Boulevard, according to a state police spokesman.

Richard Narvaez, 50, who is stationed in Salem as a tribal gaming detective, was spotted with the woman "engaged in a sex act" in the bushes, according OSP spokesman Lt. Greg Hastings. He was on duty but not in uniform.

Narvaez was cited for patronizing a prostitute and public indecency, and was placed on suspended leave without pay from the OSP.

Clackamas County sheriff's deputies received a 911 call at 2:30 p.m. that the two were in bushes off Johnson Creek near Southeast 77th Court.

"Deputies responded quickly to the scene and contacted the man and woman as they were still in the bushes where they had walked to after meeting in a parking lot," Hastings wrote in a news release.

While Narvaez was cited and released, the 32-year-old woman, Tiffany D. Smith, was arrested on probation violation warrants and on suspicion of public indecency and prostitution.

We interviewed a neighbor, Jennifer Stone, who said her 16-year-old son saw Narvaez with his pants down beneath a treehouse.

"I see these two people walk down there to the treehouse. I'm like, 'What are they doing?'" she said.

Stone said nine kids were at home with her. She said she told them quickly to go play.

"We could see right out the window what they're doing under the treehouse," Stone said.

Instead of confronting the two, Stone called 911, summoning sheriff's deputies.

Narvaez is a 23-year veteran with the OSP. In addition to the criminal investigation, the OSP Office of Professional Standards will conduct a personnel investigation, Hastings said.

"This is troubling news when we learn that one of our employees is alleged to commit any crime," OSP Superintendent Richard Evans said in the news release. "This obviously is a rare incident and should no way reflect on our other employees who do things right and don't step outside of our laws and rules of ethics."