Off duty corrections deputy arrested for domestic violence

Bend Police Dept.

On May 30 around 8:30 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic dispute where an adult male had assaulted his teenage step-son during a family dispute. The adult male was identified as Deschutes County Corrections Deputy Blair Belding.  The dispute occurred at a Bend address, but the address is in response area of the of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. This is the reason for the call going to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office originally.

Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office contacted Bend Police and asked that they conduct the investigation. Officers with the Bend Police Department were assisted by officers with the Redmond Police Department during the investigation.  Belding was contacted and cooperated with officers throughout the investigation.

During the investigation, it was determined that in the evening hours of May 30th (around 7pm), an argument occurred between family members at Belding’s residence. Belding became involved in the dispute with a 15 year old juvenile, causing a minor injury to the juvenile. Based on the information learned, Belding was found to have committed a crime during the dispute.

Belding was arrested without incident for Assault IV and Strangulation. He was transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was processed. After processing, he was then transported by Bend Police to the Jefferson County Jail, where he was lodged for safety precautions.

Sergeant William Bailey, Sheriff's Office spokesperson said, "The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has placed Blair Belding on administrative leave as a result of this investigation." Please direct all questions regarding his employment to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.