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August 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM

No charges for detective accused of tipping ex-deputy in prostitution case

A King County sheriff’s major-crimes detective will not face criminal charges over the accusation she tipped off former deputy Darrion Keith Holiwell that he was under investigation, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday.

The detective, Robin Cleary, remains on administrative leave, Sheriff John Urquhart said.

“The administrative  investigation is finished, and the file was sent to her chain of command for a finding. ‘Finding’ means can the allegations be sustained or not. I expect that part of the process will be completed in two weeks or so,” Urquhart wrote in an email.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff confirmed that his office declined to file charges against Cleary.

Additional information has been requested from the Prosecutor’s Office.

Holiwell was charged in June with helping his wife work as a prostitute, He was also charged with theft and a drug crime. At the time, Cleary and another deputy were placed on paid leave. The other deputy, identified as Deputy Chris Kahrs, remains on leave. The Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed why he remains on leave.

Holiwell, 49, was sentenced to 366 days in prison on Aug. 4, but prosecutors are  trying to have him returned to court to be sentenced to more time for allegedly lying about his finances.

According to a court filing this week, Ernsdorff accused Holiwell of fraud and misrepresentation.

When Holiwell was sentenced, his former lawyer told Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller that Holiwell was broke. Heller waived court costs and reduced Holiwell’s fine for second-degree promoting prostitution from the mandatory $3,000 to $1,000 because Holiwell was found to be indigent, prosecutors said.

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