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SNOHOMISH OFFICER PLACED ON LEAVE: WOMAN CLAIMS HARASSMENT
August 06, 2008
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- A Snohomish police officer is on leave as standard department procedure while Everett police detectives investigate allegations the officer harassed a woman and made unwanted sexual advances toward her.
Snohomish Police Chief John Turner placed the officer on leave June 30trh after a 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.
A court hearing on the matter is schedule for late in 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.