A Bothell police detective has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor for allegedly abusing her supervisory position to have sex with a then-17-year-old student in 2010 when the detective was a school resource officer at Bothell High School.
Detective Dione Thompson, 45, of Seattle, was placed on paid administrative leave on Sept. 11 after King County sheriff’s officials notified the Bothell Police Department of their investigation into Thompson’s alleged sexual relationship with a former Bothell High student, said police Sgt. Cedric Collins. An internal investigation was also launched, but then placed on hold while the criminal investigation was under way.
The internal investigation was reopened on Jan. 29, the same day Thompson was criminally charged by King County prosecutors, Collins said.
Thompson joined the Bothell department as an entry-level officer in November 1998 and spent at least seven years as a school-resource officer before becoming a detective in fall 2010, Collins said. She was scheduled to rotate back to the patrol unit in January, he said.
Thompson has not faced discipline before and the department is taking the allegations very seriously, said Collins, adding that Bothell police have cooperated fully with the sheriff’s investigation.
According to charging documents, the alleged victim identified as female in 2010 and 2011, when the alleged sexual misconduct occurred, but now identifies as male. Male pronouns are used throughout the charging papers to refer to Thompson’s alleged victim.
The allegations against Thompson came to light in August when the alleged victim emailed Thompson’s former domestic partner and wrote that Thompson had sexually manipulated him, the papers say. The domestic partner wrote the alleged victim, now 22, and told him she is mandated by law to report allegations of abuse, though the charges don’t indicate her profession.
She then contacted police in Shoreline, where Thompson once lived, the charges say. Shoreline contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services.
Detectives interviewed the former student, who was 17 and 18 when he had sex with Thompson in her unmarked patrol car, her personal vehicle and her Shoreline residence as well as at her parents’ home in Arlington, charging papers say. They also once had sex in the woods off the Burke-Gilman trail between Woodinville and Bothell, say the charges.
Thompson also convinced the alleged victim’s parents to allow him to move in with her and Thompson’s domestic partner in December 2010 due to turmoil in his family home, according to charging documents. Thompson abruptly ended their sexual relations in February 2011 and burned the alleged victim’s journals to get rid of evidence, the charges say.
The alleged victim told detectives he never intended to report Thompson to police, but while he was undergoing training about abuse at a victim-advocacy center, he started having panic attacks and realized Thompson had abused her position of authority by initiating a sex with him, according to the charges.
Thompson, who was issued a summons and has not been booked into jail, is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 12.