Former Trinity Co. public defender arrested for DUI, solicitation


According to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, former Public Defender Derrick Wynn Riske, 67, was arrested Friday for DUI and solicitation.

Officials said over the last several months, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office Detective Division has received multiple complaints that Riske had been contacting women within the community and propositioning them for sexual acts for money.

The sheriff's office said they first received a report of sexual battery during the summer of 2015.

Investigators said a woman reported Riske rubbed her from her breasts to her inner thigh at his law office off Main Street in Weaverville. Investigators said the woman told them when she tried to tell him "no," Riske said it would be "beneficial" for her to stay.

Officials said an undercover operation using an audio wire was conducted, and enough information was obtained for the Trinity County District Attorney's Office to issue a warrant for Riske's arrest on charges of soliciting prostitution, sexual battery, and engaging and agreeing to engage in prostitution.

Officials said deputies and CHP officers were advised of the warrant on Friday, March 25, and Riske was located in downtown Weaverville at approximately 4:25 p.m. that same day.

According to officials, a CHP officer conducted a traffic stop on Riske and Trinity County Sheriff's deputies assisted. Riske was found to be driving while under the influence and was subsequently arrested on the warrant and DUI charges. Riske was booked and later cited on the misdemeanor charges.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office believes there may be other victims in this matter. If you were a victim, or know someone who was, please contact Trinity County Sheriff Detective Jayme Bayley at 530-623-8104.

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