EDMONDS WA June 9 2012
An Edmonds police officer was arrested Thursday morning for investigation of having on-duty sex with a woman he’d detained.
The Edmonds Police Department asked Everett police to investigate allegations that stemmed from a May incident involving a Seattle woman, 28.
Everett investigators are recommending criminal charges against Edmonds police officer Daniel Lavely, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.
Edmonds police learned of the allegations on May 9.
Snell said the investigation looked into Lavely’s actions while he was on-duty May 6.
He allegedly stopped the woman for jaywalking on Highway 99 in Edmonds. She was released, but Lavely allegedly contacted her later that evening.
“During this second interaction it was alleged that Lavely took temporary custody of the female, put her in his patrol car and drove her to a remote location where the two had sexual intercourse,” Snell said. “The female reported the incident a few days later to law enforcement.”
Lavely was booked into the Snohomish County Jail around 11 a.m. Thursday.
The investigation has been forwarded to prosecutors.
First-degree custodial sexual misconduct is a Class C felony. According to state law, it can occur “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.”
Edmonds police Sgt. Mike Blackburn said Lavely was immediately placed on administrative leave and his law enforcement authority was suspended after the allegations surfaced.
He said Lavely, 46, has been employed with the Edmonds Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the patrol division.