ODHS Employee Sentenced 25 years for Assault, Kidnapping

Zakary Glover, a 30-year-old Lebanon man who sexually assaulted a disabled woman in his care in November 2021, has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison as of April 30, 2024.

Glover, who was a Direct Support Crisis Specialist employed by the Oregon Department of Human Services at the time, used a state-owned van to take the victim to a secluded area in Aumsville, Ore., where he assaulted the victim without her consent.

“(Glover) engaged in deplorable acts of sexual misconduct and targeted a victim with severe developmental disabilities who was entrusted to his care and could not defend herself,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke stated in a press release issued by the Department of Justice. “The defendant breached the public’s trust and violated the most basic standards of decency.”

As an employee of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU), Glover’s job was to care for the health and wellbeing of clients living in residential programs, including planned outings in vehicles equipped with child locks and partitions intended for the clients’ safety. In this case, Glover took advantage of these to gain control over the victim after a routine outing rather than returning to the residential home.

According to documents at Linn County Courthouse, Glover was charged with first degree rape, first degree sexual abuse, second degree kidnapping and first degree official misconduct. At the federal court, he pleaded guilty to one count of depriving the victim of her constitutional right to bodily integrity under color of law involving attempted aggravated sexual abuse.

It appears that Glover’s only prior offense was a speeding ticket. In addition to the 25 years in prison, Glover has been sentenced to five years of supervised release.