Washington State (The Gaslamp Post) – A police officer is presently under investigation over an alleged sexual encounter he is reported to have had in the backseat of his car, with someone he had arrested. In the state of Washington, kids, this is called a felony.
Investigators say Officer Daniel Lavely, 47, of the Edmonds Police Department, had taken a 28-year-old woman into custody after stopping her for jaywalking on May 6, and discovered she had a warrant. He is reported to have let her go after 40 minutes when the county that wanted her, declined to come and get her. He reportedly drove the woman to a grocery store, according to KIRO-TV.
Lavley had another run in with the woman later on that night, when a concerned party called 911 over the woman’s alleged drug abuse at a motel. Officer Lavely is reported to have again taken the woman into custody, but placed her in the car without handcuffs. According to the woman, Lavely drove out to a store in a remote location and pulled his police cruiser around back.
The woman said that Lavely asked her for a condom and then the two had sexual intercourse in the back seat of the cruiser. Officer Lavely had his duty belt on throughout the entire encounter, according to the woman.
She told investigators that Officer Lavely drove off afterwards, leaving her there behind the store. The woman then went to police to report what had happened. Eyewitness reports along with store video surveillance support the woman’s statements, investigators found.
Although Lavely admits to having driven his patrol car behind the store, he denied having any sexual contact with the woman. He instead insisted that he had driven the woman to another store and released her, but dispatchers say that Lavely’s timeline does not add up.
Investigators also located a condom wrapper on the ground, behind the store, where Lavely’s patrol car was allegedly parked. It matched the brand and kind that were in the woman’s purse.
Prosecutors are seeking to bring the charge of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct against Officer Lavely, according to the Herald. According to state law, that can occur when there is sexual contact, and “when the victim is being detained, under arrest, or in the custody of a law enforcement officer and the perpetrator is a law enforcement officer.”
Officer Lavely has remained on administrative leave since the allegations surfaced on May 9, 2012.