Canyon County

Prosecutor: Canyon sheriff violated no laws for Man Up Crusade

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue
Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue

Year-old allegations that Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue improperly used county resources on behalf of the organization he heads against domestic violence won’t lead to any charges, a special prosecutor ruled.

Malheur County District Attorney Daniel Norris determined that Donahue violated no laws and his actions "appear to have been in furtherance of his mission," according to a notice issued Tuesday and released by Canyon County Friday.

Donahue, who leads the nonprofit Man Up Crusade, issued a statement calling the investigation, sparked by complaints to the Idaho Attorney General's Office last August, "an unfortunate distraction for Canyon County."

"This investigation has consumed an entire year and was based on anonymous allegations that were without merit," Donahue said. “Addressing societal issues and conducting community outreach is an inherent aspect of my position as Sheriff.”

In his notice, Norris said "many of the allegations are from anonymous sources are not not supported by evidence admissible in a court of law."