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April 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Friday Memo: Deputy prostitution investigation … Potty pranks … Peeps prizes

Times have been tough, but really? Anonymous sources say King County sheriff’s investigators are looking into an allegation that a veteran 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 more deputies…

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November 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Seattle pimp sentenced to 35 years for running ‘organized criminal enterprise’

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Shacon Barbee

A Seattle man who used “charm, intimidation and violence” to coerce girls and young women into working as prostitutes was sentenced last week to 35 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

A King County jury in September convicted Shacon Barbee of two counts each of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree promoting prostitution, one count of leading organized crime, two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft. Although the standard sentence range was 20 to 26 years, prosecutors recommended a 35-year exceptional sentence because of the “ongoing pattern of sexual exploitation of the minor victim and because of the defendant’s extensive criminal history,” according to the prosecutor’s office.

Barbee, 34, is a Level III sex offender who has a long criminal history, including convictions for second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to court records.

Barbee was arrested in December 2010. Charging documents alleged that since 2007, Barbee had led an “organized criminal enterprise” in which he used “charm, intimidation and violence to recruit and manage females.” Prosecutors and police said he forced three young women into working as prostitutes and then pocketing all of the money they earned. On most days, each woman earned more than $1,000 working as a prostitute, prosecutors say.

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October 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Ex-Oregon state detective pleads guilty to having sex with prostitute

The Associated Press PORTLAND — An ex-Oregon State Police detective accused of having sex with a prostitute while on duty pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct and was sentenced to seven days in the Multnomah County Jail. KOIN reports 50-year-old Richard Narvaez worked for Oregon State Police for 23 years and resigned in September. He was assigned to…

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August 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Big drug and prostitution raid made on Tukwila motels

 (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Some 200 law enforcement officers swarmed three Tukwila motels on Highway 99 early Tuesday morning following a year-long investigation into illegal drug and prostitution activity at the three sites.(Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

UPDATED: 1:55 p.m. | At a news conference in Tukwila this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Tukwila Police Department Assistant Chief Bruce Linton said that the three hotels at the center of the investigation have accounted for 17 percent of all calls for police services in the past year.

Despite intense efforts to educate and work with the owners, the properties remained a huge drain on police and a blight on the city , said Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton.

Durkan said investigators believe the owners actively profited from criminal activity and that residents were involved. Typically, she said, the owners would direct potential customers to certain rooms for drugs and sexual services and take a cut of the profits.

Durkan said this is not only a “new day for a part of the city of Tukwila,” but also a warning to other owners of similar hotels and properties.

In addition, she said, this demonstrates how the US Attorney’s office will not only prosecute criminal activity but will actively use the tools of forfeitures and seizures to force compliance with the law

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Federal and state law-enforcement officers poured into Tukwila along Highway 99 this morning seizing three motels whose operators are suspected of participating in illegal drugs and prostitution.

The operation involved about 200 officers at the scene and another 200 who helped develop the case during a year-long investigation that culminated in this morning’s raid, according to Tukwila Police Commander Eric Drever.

A federal criminal complaint, filed last week and unsealed today, charges seven people –including the managers and owners of the three motels — with attempted distribution and distribution of crack cocaine. According to the charges, a paid undercover informant purchased cocaine in deals set up with hotel residents by the hotel managers during the past month.

The complaint identified three of the defendants as Jaspal Singh, Lakhvir Pawar and Kulwinder Saroya, who federal prosecutors say ran and owned the hotels: the Great Bear Motor Inn, The Boulevard Motel and the Traveler’s Choice

In addition, a detailed, 48-page civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court seeks to forfeit the properties as proceeds from illegal transactions, including drug dealing and money laundering.

The complaint says that the hotels have been the focus of an inordinate amount of crime and calls for police. It states that the problems date back several years, however during 2011 and 2012, almost one of every six calls for service to Tukwila Police Department were to those three motels. “The crimes for which police responded to the Target Motels include, among others: rape, robbery, assault, drug transaction, gun crimes, prostitution and stolen property,” the civil complaint says.

“The investigation revealed that the owners of the properties are engaged in, encouraging and making significant cash profits from criminal activity at the Target Motels,” wrote Special Agent Joe Miller of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in a sworn affidavit.

A federal warrant authorizing this morning’s raid was unsealed this morning. Several people have been taken into federal custody. Some individuals were picked up by local authorities on other outstanding warrants.

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July 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Feds allege accused Seattle pimp is armed career criminal

Federal attorneys in Seattle have added an armed career criminal enhancement to their indictment of Jamaal “JJ” Bomber, a 29-year-old charged in federal and state court with pimping and drug-dealing following his arrest last month. Bomber, whose criminal history includes three prior drug convictions, was arrested at a Tukwila motel on June 14 on a…

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July 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Snohomish County deputy arrested in prostitution probe resigns

Sgt. Darrell L. O’Neill, the deputy embroiled in a prostitution scandal centered around espresso stands, has resigned from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. O’Neill’s actions, which prompted his arrest last month for investigation of conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct, had been under investigation by the sheriff’s Office of Professional Accountability before his resignation. O’Neill, 58,…

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July 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Tacoma pimp sentenced to 23 years for sex trafficking

A 27-year-old Tacoma pimp who was convicted in November of seven sex-trafficking charges was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 23 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A jury deliberated for about three hours on Nov. 30 before finding Alexander Walls guilty of conspiracy to transport a juvenile for prostitution;…

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June 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Police: Snohomish County sergeant allegedly tipped off bikini baristas to investigation

Police have arrested a Snohomish County Sheriff’s sergeant for allegedly helping bikini baristas elude an investigation into whether they were peddling sexual acts in addition to coffee. Sgt. Darrell O’Neill, a 30-year sheriff’s office veteran, was taken into custody Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct, officials said. Everett police made the…

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April 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Prostitution sting nabs four in South King County

Three women and a man were arrested in a years-long prostitution investigation led by King County Sheriff’s Office detectives Thursday night. The investigation–focused on locations in SeaTac, Kent, and Burien — started in 2008, but picked up momentum last year, said Sgt. Cindi West. “The leads went cold and then, a few months ago, our detectives got…

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March 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Tacoma man pleads guilty in ‘bondage room’ torture case

In the midst of jury selection for his three-week trial in King County Superior Court, John Joseph Hauff Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in the rape and torture of a 24-year-old woman he picked up on Aurora Avenue in Seattle and took home to what police called a “bondage room” in northeast Tacoma in April 2011. Hauff,…

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