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Court Docs: SPD officer accused of sexually assaulting fellow officer trimmed fingernails 'extremely short' before DNA collection

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Investigators looking to collect trace evidence from under the fingernails of a Spokane police officer suspected of sexually assaulting a fellow officer were unable to do so because the suspect's nails had recently been clipped short, new court docum Investigators looking to collect trace evidence from under the fingernails of a Spokane police officer suspected of sexually assaulting a fellow officer were unable to do so because the suspect's nails had recently been clipped short, new court docum
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Court documents released this week say investigators looking into a sexual assault of a Spokane Police officer by a Spokane Police officer were unable to collect evidence from under the suspect's fingernails because they had recently been clipped short. 

On October 24, a female officer said she attended a party at the home of another Spokane Police officer. After passing out in a guest bedroom, the woman says she woke up to one of her co-workers sexually assaulting her. 

When the act was reported, Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, whose office is handling the investigation, claims the suspect received leaked information that investigators were coming to serve a search warrant for evidence, including his DNA. Investigators also say the homeowner may have tampered with evidence by washing the borrowed clothing that the victim was wearing at the time of the alleged assault. 

According to the new documents, the suspect's attorney called investigators the Monday morning after the alleged assault and said he was aware his client was a suspect and there was a search warrant for his DNA. Investigators say at the time of this call the search warrant was still being written and had not been filed, and no one from the Sheriff's Office had tried to contact the suspect yet, adding to the suspicion that information had been leaked to the suspect. 

Details released in alleged sexual assault case against Spokane Police Officer

Investigators met with the suspect at his lawyer's office later in the day to serve the warrant, which included collecting trace evidence from under the suspect's fingernails. Investigators noted that the suspect's fingernails had been clipped "extremely short", preventing any chance of collecting DNA evidence. 

The morning after the assault, the woman says she spoke with the homeowner about the incident. According to court documents, that homeowner responded he didn't know what to do and left the room. Documents also say he refused to provide names of people who had attended his party. 

Both the suspect and the homeowner are on leave from the Police Department. 

Sheriff Knezovich says any decision on charges against the two officers likely won't happen for a couple of weeks. Knezovich says his investigators are still trying to determine if information was leaked, and also waiting for evidence testing from the Washington State Patrol crime lab. 

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