EUGENE - A former Eugene police officer pleaded guilty in court Wednesday and was then convicted of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.
Stefan Zeltvay resigned from the force after he pleaded guilty to six sex crimes that occurred between 2010 and 2013.
Some of the victims showed up in court Wednesday and got a tearful apology from the former officer.
“Like any victim of sexual harassment or sex crime, it’s embarrassing. You go through a range of emotions,” said Officer Kara Williams, Eugene Police Department.
In a police report obtained by KEZI 9 News, Officer Williams described how Zeltvay touched her inappropriately and kissed her at a wedding last December. Williams is not alone. Other victims include three women in the EPD records department, a fellow officer’s wife and a neighbor. Investigators say Zeltvay’s crimes range from inappropriate comments to sexual touching.
On Wednesday, Zeltvay was convicted of five counts of sexual harrassment and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns says those convictions wouldn’t have happened without the bravery of the victims.
“The most critical element of this investigation was the willingness of reporting parties to come forward to tell their story which takes a great deal of courage,” Kerns said.
Zeltvay has been with the Eugene Police Department since 1995. In 2003 he became a school resource team officer at South Eugene High School. Investigators fear there may be more victims.
“I’m worried that these behaviors may have occurred within that school system and may have involved children,” said Sgt. Scott McKee, Eugene Police Department.
It’s something Officer Williams is concerned about too, so she’s encouraging victims to come forward like she did.
“We want to talk to them. We’d like to hear their story, and they don’t need to be scared,” Williams said.
Circuit Court Judge Maurice Merton sentenced Zeltvay to 140 days in jail. Zeltvay must also register as a sex offender.