“The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office asked a judge to hold [the accused] on $350,000 bail,” said Casey McNerthney, KCPAO Director of Communications. “The judge set bail at $150,000. We argued there was probable cause for two instances of attempted rape of a child, and the judge agreed.”
As parents and Washingtonians ourselves, we are shocked and deeply disappointed by these serious and significant allegations. To ensure a fair and transparent process, WSP cannot and will not be involved in the investigation, and will defer any inquiries about the investigation to Seattle Police Department.
Per policy, the employee was immediately removed from his duties and will be investigated
The State Patrol said the employee is a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer assigned to the school bus inspection program. They “conducted safety inspections on school busses in a garage with no children present or near the busses during those inspections,” said Sergeant Darren Wright. This is not the same position as a trooper.
Working for WSP in any capacity is an honor and privilege and we are held by the public, our industry,and ourselves to the highest standards of behavior and trust. Any act that would fall beneath those standards and compromise our commitment to keeping all members of the public safe and respected is a serious betrayal of that trust.
We must now allow the judicial process to move forward which includes respect for the needs and rights of victims, the investigative agencies, the courts, and accused persons until final determination of guilt or innocence. Accordingly, we will have no further comment until the matter is adjudicated.
The above is a press release from WSP. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its content.
Last updated: 02/24/2021, 4:42PM. Clarified charging status and WSP employee position.
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