Sheriff: Woman faces bribery charges for offering deputies sexual favors

Sheriff: Woman faces bribery charges for offering deputies sexual favors
Janet M. LaGasse

COOS BAY, Ore. - A woman faces 3 counts of trying to bribe law enforcement after seeking her freedom by offering sexual favors to the deputy who arrested her and two corrections deputies who booked her into jail, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

Janet M. LaGasse, 51, also faces one count of disorderly conduct.

The investigation started around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday with a report of a disturbance at a home on Dover Road in the Bunker Hill area of Coos Bay.

A sheriff's deputy and an Oregon State Police trooper responded.

The resident told the officers he had befriended LaGasse on Monday and allowed her to stay at his home. On Tuesday night, the resident told police that LaGasse became agitated and argumentative. She had left the home on foot and walked into some nearby woods.

The officers followed "her vulgar yelling," the sheriff's office said, and found LaGasse by a nearby chicken coop. The officers arrested LaGasse on a charge of disorderly conduct.

While under arrest and later at the jail, the sheriff says LaGasse offered sexual favors to the arresting deputy and two corrections deputies in an attempt to gain release.