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DISCIPLINARY HEARING FOR SNOHOMISH POLICE OFFCER
September 09, 2008
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- A disciplinary hearing was scheduled to be held this week by Snohomish Police Department officials to determine what departmental discipline, if any, may be imposed on a veteran Snohomish police officer who was accused of harassing a woman and making unwanted sexual advances toward her.
Snohomish Police Chief John Turner placed the officer on leave June 30th after a Snohomish woman filed a complaint alleging the officer placed phone calls to her and made inappropriate comments all of which frightened her. The woman sought and was granted a temporary anti-harassment protection order against the officer.
Following the allegations the Snohomish Police Department, as is standard procedure in such cases, asked an outside police agency, the Everett Police department, to conduct the investigation into the charges against the officer. Everett investigators turned over the results of their investigation to Snohomish Police Department officials in mid August.
Court documents in the case show the woman filed for a protection order against the 24-year veteran Snohomish Police officer because, she alleges, he used his position as an officer of the law to first befriend her then later tried to pressure her into having sex with him.
The woman claims it all started when the officer gave her a traffic citation in April and she then later advised a neighbor to contact the same officer about suspected drug trafficking in the neighborhood. She says after some discussion about neighborhood concerns over the drug issue the officer continued to stop by her home to talk about drug activity in the area.
She claims later the officer called her on the phone many times and made lewd comments. She said she was afraid he was stalking her.