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King County, WA Sheriff Pimps Out Wife Due To 'Tough Times'

A deputy with King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle, Wash., is accused of getting through tough economic times by helping his wife work as a prostitute, reports say.

The 49-year-old deputy is on paid leave and under criminal investigation for using the county's database to do background checks on his wife's johns, according to The Seattle Times.

The Times did not identify the deputy because he has not been charged or arrested, but sealed search warrants served on Tuesday show his home, car and desk were combed for evidence.

The allegations surfaced last week and Sheriff John Urquhart placed two other deputies on paid leave as well, according to a departmentwide email sent Wednesday.

The deputies may have tipped their colleague off that the office was looking into the allegations, reports say. The email did not give details or names, but Urquhart sent it to subdue rumors swirling around the actions, Seattle TV station KING 5 reported.

The deputy, described by The Seattle Times as a 19-year veteran, is going through a divorce, court papers show. He accused her of working as a sex escort and abandoning their two children and harassing him, the newspaper wrote.

He is on the SWAT team and assigned to a department shooting range called "Ravensdale Gun Range" in Maple Valley, Wash.

One deputy on paid leave, a woman, is on the Major Crimes unit, and the other, a man, is assigned to the range and SWAT team as well.

The FBI has joined the internal investigation as well and the case could expand beyond the three deputies.
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Originally published Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

King County sheriff's deputy under investigation in prostitution probe

Sheriff's investigators are looking into an allegation that a 49-year-old deputy, while under financial strain, aided his wife in working as a prostitute, including using the county's computer system to check the backgrounds of her clients, according to sources.

By Steve Miletich and Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times staff reporters

A veteran King County sheriff's deputy is under criminal investigation over an allegation that he helped his wife work as a prostitute, according to two sources familiar with the inquiry.

The Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter is still under review.

The FBI in Seattle is assisting in the investigation, one source said.

Sheriff's investigators are looking into an allegation that the 49-year-old deputy, while under financial strain, aided his wife in working as a prostitute, including using the county's computer system to check the backgrounds of her clients, the sources said.

Two other deputies are also under investigation for possibly alerting him to the criminal inquiry, the sources said.

The first deputy could face prosecution for promoting prostitution and for misuse of public property, one source said. But the case is in its early stages, with no clear indication of whether charges will be filed, the source said.

Search warrants were served Tuesday on the house, car and desk of the deputy, a week after the allegation came to light, according to one source.

The matter publicly surfaced on Wednesday, when King County Sheriff John Urquhart sent a departmentwide email in which he disclosed that three deputies had been placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday pending an investigation.

Urquhart did not reveal the nature of the investigation, nor the names of the deputies.

He said two of the deputies were assigned to the Ravensdale Gun Range, a department shooting facility in Southeast King County, and the third to Major Crimes.

"It is not particularly unusual for an employee to go on paid administrative leave during an investigation," Urquhart wrote. "It certainly doesn't happen every day, but neither is it uncommon.

"However in this case there will undoubtedly be rumors and 'talk' going around, so this email is an effort to quell as much of that as I can," Urquhart wrote. The sheriff wrote that he couldn't reveal additional information, but that if and when he can provide more details on the substance of the inquiry he will do so.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West declined to comment on the matter.

Ayn Sandalo Dietrich, the FBI's spokeswoman in Seattle, when asked Thursday about the matter, said her office "is communicating with the King County Sheriff's Office." She referred further questions to the Sheriff's Office.

According to the sources, one of the deputies assigned to the shooting range is the main subject of the criminal investigation into possible prostitution.

The two others, a man who also works at the range, and woman in the Major Crimes unit, are under investigation stemming from an allegation that they might have warned the first deputy that he was under investigation, the sources said. Both deputies at the range are SWAT team members, and the investigation might expand to include others on the team, one source said.

The Seattle Times is not naming the deputies because they have not been arrested or charged with a crime.

The deputy at the center of the prostitution investigation is a 19-year veteran, who is currently involved in bitter divorce proceedings with his wife.

In court papers, he has accused her of working as a paid sex escort, abandoning their two children and harassing him.

The deputy does not implicate himself in the escort work, according to court documents reviewed by The Times. His attorney in the divorce case declined to comment Thursday.

The deputy could not be reached for comment.

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this story.







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Seattle sheriff's deputy helped wife turn tricks to earn extra cash: reports

The deputy is on paid leave after allegations that he aided his wife as a working girl and did background checks on her johns, reports say. He is the center of an investigation but has not been arrested or charged.

BY Nicole Hensley
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:22 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:57 AM

A deputy with King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle, Wash., is accused of getting through tough economic times by helping his wife work as a prostitute, reports say.

The 49-year-old deputy is on paid leave and under criminal investigation for using the county's database to do background checks on his wife's johns, according to The Seattle Times.

The Times did not identify the deputy because he has not been charged or arrested, but sealed search warrants served on Tuesday show his home, car and desk were combed for evidence.

If prosecuted, he'll face charges of promoting prostitution and misuse of public property, anonymous sources told the Times.

The allegations surfaced last week and Sheriff John Urquhart placed two other deputies on paid leave as well, according to a departmentwide email sent Wednesday.

The deputies may have tipped their colleague off that the office was looking into the allegations, reports say.

The email did not give details or names, but Urquhart sent it to subdue rumors swirling around the actions, Seattle TV station KING 5 reported.

The deputy, described by The Seattle Times as a 19-year veteran, is going through a divorce, court papers show. He accused her of working as a sex escort and abandoning their two children and harassing him, the newspaper wrote.

He is on the SWAT team and assigned to a department shooting range called "Ravensdale Gun Range" in Maple Valley, Wash.

One deputy on paid leave, a woman, is on the Major Crimes unit, and the other, a man, is assigned to the range and SWAT team as well.

Urquhart later told KOMO 4 News the Times report is inaccurate, but would not clarify which parts were correct or incorrect. He would not comment further because the deputies are involved with an open investigation, in an on-camera interview with KOMO. The Times stands by its article, the TV station reported, and has not received any complaints on factual errors.

The FBI has joined the internal investigation as well and the case could expand beyond the three deputies.