Reports show Rodriguez slings unproven claims and Ontario mayor offers tip against former councilor

Ontario Mayor Riley Hill and Council Member Freddy Rodriguez were photographed last year during a public gathering in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ONTARIO – Two Ontario city officials put a political opponent under suspicion last fall by reporting to police allegations of child abuse for which there was no evidence.

Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez was so determined to press allegations against Marty Justus that he sought intervention of the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department when he concluded Ontario police weren’t doing their duty, according to interviews and police records.

And Mayor Riley Hill at about the same time told police about second-hand information about Justus. But Hill asked police to treat him as anonymous.

Hill, Rodriguez and Justus all served on the Ontario City Council last year, clashing over marijuana issues and other matters . . .