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Portland cop makes his own “Girls Gone Wild”

February 26, 2007

– at a Portland Public School while on duty, no less!

The bad PR stories about our police force just keep on coming, don’t they? They couldn’t make this stuff up.

In case you missed the front page story on today’s morning edition of the Oregonian:

A Portland police officer assigned to Madison High School filmed female students at a school dance and basketball game and made his own “Girls Gone Wild” video, which included zoom-in shots of girls’ “breasts and crotch areas,” an internal Portland police inquiry found.

Officer Ryan E. Graichen, 31, who was hired by the Police Bureau on Sept. 10, 1998, resigned Aug. 24 in the face of being fired.

Nice to know we’re getting to find out about this so many months later, isn’t it? What makes this situation saltier is how the guy was caught:

Portland police discovered the misconduct when Graichen’s sergeant asked to see what he thought was Graichen’s copy of a professional “Girls Gone Wild” video, which typically shows women removing clothing or acting in a sexual nature. Graichen accidentally handed over his knockoff version, filmed at a local high school while on duty.

What’s that all about? As a Portlander, I’m mortified and embarassed. Sure, let’s keep those cops at the schools – they’re really doing their job. And so are their supervisors. Certainly there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Good thing to know: Ryan Graichen has “moved on” in his life. Now we feel all better, don’t we?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2007 1:18 pm

    Noticed your mention of Free Geek where I volunteer. Adding your link to my page. I sometimes write about Portland too.

  2. Diana permalink
    June 4, 2008 11:00 am

    I know this young man and you might want to get the whole story before you spout off your version – let him get back to his life and take this off your page so he can move on. He does not deserve your kind of “press”

    • Ericka permalink
      January 20, 2011 8:10 pm

      Well Diane now that this “young man” has been caught again in Kennewick along with a ton of evidence sure glad you thought we should just let him move on… into my town with my children. I know we like to give the benefit of the doubt but we need to be realistic also.

  3. Steve permalink
    June 4, 2008 11:34 am

    Diane, I can understand your emotional motivation, based on a personal connection, for wanting to expunge from the record all evidence of Ryan Graichen having done this. I’m sure he’s learned his lesson and is no doubt trying to make a fresh start in life. I can fully appreciate that. But it doesn’t change the fact that it happened and rewriting history at will is not something our society should aspire to.

    Even if you wanted to try, it’s an uphill battle at best. I overhead someone say recently that trying to erase information from the Internet is like trying to take pee out of the pool. A quick search in Google finds 13 links to this story — the first is the Seattle Times newspaper. The same search in Yahoo finds 18 links. Are you contacting all of these publications who have written about this?

    The best thing you can do for Ryan is get new, positive information out there. The search engines look for a lot of things, but two key factors are volume of relevant information around a given key word or phrase and freshness. So if fresh information about Ryan starts showing up online, there is a very good chance that will appear at the top of search results, pushing the old news down the ladder.

    P.S. Accusing Stumptown Girl of ‘spouting her version’ without getting the whole story is completely unfair and, frankly, odd given that the bulk of her piece is text quoted from the local newspaper; the largest story on the incident and one that seemed well researched to me. She included a link to the entire story at the start of her piece…

    • Ericka permalink
      January 20, 2011 8:12 pm

      Well Steve, I guess not so fair anymore huh? Perhaps if the police were not trying to cover up their problems then the young girls in my town would not had to have suffered at the hands of this pervert. I hope now he will pay for his crimes and then some. Inoccent until proven guilty and Ryan Graichen proved himself guilty. If you don’t know what I am referning to then google it.

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