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Police Decide Not To Press Charges In Caldwell Death


More details are emerging in the death on Saturday of Oregonian newspaper editorial page editor, Bob Caldwell.

Sergeant Dave Thompson of Washington County Sheriff’s office says Caldwell was in the Tigard apartment of a 23-year-old woman, when he suffered a fatal heart attack after a sex act. 

Thompson says the woman told officers Caldwell had previously given her cash for sex. But officers decided not to press charges against her.

“Technically we probably could have charged her with prostitution because there was an exchange of something, books and maybe tuition money for sex. But it’s a misdemeanor crime and the circumstances of the guy dying in her apartment, we felt like it was probably not the most important arrest to make.”

Thompson says officers did not know who Caldwell was when they decided not to charge the woman.

The Oregonian won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2006, under Caldwell’s leadership.

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