November 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Edmonds police officer charged with sexual misconduct
An Edmonds police officer accused of having sex with a women he had detained in May was charged today with first-degree custodial sexual misconduct, a felony.
Officer Daniel Lavely, 47, was a 7 ½-year veteran of the department when he was arrested by Everett police in June. He has been on administrative leave from the Edmonds Police Department since his arrest.
According to charges filed by Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Adam Cornell, Lavely contacted the 28-year-old Seattle woman after she allegedly jaywalked on Highway 99 in Edmonds on the night of May 6. Early the next morning, Lavely encountered the same woman while handling a 911 call and placed her in the back of his patrol car.
The Seattle woman told investigators that Lavely “took her to the poorly lit parking lot of the Burlington Coat Factory, in Edmonds,” according to charges. He forced the woman to engage in sex in the parking lot, charges said.
While Everett police say the woman was not handcuffed, the charges say that she was “detained, under arrest or in the custody of the defendant.”
Everett police were brought in to investigate the sexual misconduct allegation.
Cornell said in charges that he is seeking a sexual assault protection order between the Seattle woman and Lavely.
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