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Arrest made in alleged assault of fishery observer

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014




An alleged assault of a federal fishery observer on the high seas landed an Oregon man in hot water.

Richard Clayton Palek, 46, was arrested last week following a federal investigation into the incident aboard a groundfish trawler from Astoria.

Palek is charged with a federal misdemeanor violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The law prohibits anyone from forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, intimidating, sexually harassing, bribing or interfering with a fishery observer, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement.

The charge is punishable by up to six months in federal prison, and a fine up to $100,000.

Palek made an initial appearance last week in U.S. District Court in Portland. He is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 21 in district court.



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