PORTLAND - A Portland police officer accused of placing sexually explicit calls from his department-issued cell phone has pleaded not guilty to charges of official misconduct and telephonic harassment.
Joseph Wild, 28, requested a court-appointed lawyer at Monday's arraignment. He remained in a Multnomah County jail on $132,500 bail.
According to court documents, Wild made sexually harassing calls during his patrol shift to three female Portland police officers. The documents also allege Wild harassed civilians, including a 16-year-old girl he had once taken to a facility for missing juveniles.
During a search of the officer's cell phone records, investigators found 50 phone calls had been placed to a 14-year-old girl. When detectives interviewed her, the girl said she had received numerous calls from a man who had made sexual statements that frightened her.