A La Pine resident who worked as a manager for a major U.S. defense contractor is charged with 30 sex-related felonies involving an alleged child victim.
Zachary Paul “Zac” Critchett turned himself in to authorities last month after a grand jury approved 24 charges in Deschutes County Circuit Court, including second-degree rape, second-degree sex abuse, second-degree sodomy and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. Critchett is also charged in Washington County Circuit Court with six child sex crimes, including first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.
The charging documents allege Critchett abused the same child in numerous scenarios between December 2011 and December 2016.
He’s been ordered to have no contact with children or the family of his alleged victim as he awaits trial.
Critchett maintained a LinkedIn page listing his job titles. But the page, which was active Wednesday, had been removed by Thursday.
Critchett’s LinkedIn page had stated he is deputy director for the defense firm Reed Inc., overseeing the company’s operations in Afghanistan.
Reed’s director of human resources, Robert Brown, however, declined to provide Critchett’s dates of employment or a description of his duties with the company.
“Unfortunately, all I can confirm is that he no longer works here,” Brown said Thursday.
With offices in Iraq and Afghanistan and headquarters in Virginia, Reed has more than 2,000 employees around the world, a company spokeswoman told The Bulletin. It provides security-related services for clients abroad, including protection for diplomats and construction projects, according to its website.
Critchett, 38, served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2004 before entering private defense work. He’s earned numerous certifications as a private security guard through the state police agency, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, including to train and manage security personnel. His certifications expired around the time of his arrest June 24.
Critchett worked at the Pinkerton detective agency from 2016 to 2017 and First Coast Security from 2017 to 2018, according to his LinkedIn page. While at First Coast, he said he trained Iraqi special forces and supervised guards in the Middle East.
He bought his home on SE Centennial Street with a $469,000 loan from the Veterans Administration.
Sam Koutouzakis, a private investigator who looks into cases of stolen valor, told The Bulletin that Critchett’s LinkedIn page mentioned Army Ranger training without directly stating he wasn’t a Ranger.
“There’s a fine line between lying and misrepresenting yourself,” Koutouzakis said. “I believe he’s misrepresenting himself.”
Critchett is currently on conditional release from jail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 17 in Deschutes County. In his Washington County case, he has a procedural hearing scheduled next week.
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