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Third SPD officer placed on leave in connection to sexual assault investigation

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A third SPD officer has been placed on leave in connection to a recent sexual assault investigation. A third SPD officer has been placed on leave in connection to a recent sexual assault investigation.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A third Spokane police officer has been placed on leave as the SPD and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office investigate a sexual assault case against an SPD officer.

KHQ has learned that this particular officer is a sergeant in the department as well as a high-ranking member of the Spokane Police Guild. He was placed on leave related to the leaking of information in the sexual assault investigation of another officer, who was placed on leave last month.

The officer accused of raping a coworker at a party remains on leave, as well as another officer who may have destroyed or hid evidence.

Right now, three officers are on administrative leave and are still getting paid.

According to the Washington Policy Center, the median salary for SPD officers is around $52,000 a year. A sergeant makes $72,000 a year. This means that so far, taxpayers have paid more than $5,000 for these officers to stay home. As the days go by, that amount will keep increasing.

This information comes on the heels of new paperwork filed today in the case. The SCSO says they need to get DNA swabs from the accused officer's wife and two kids, so they can be ruled out when the officer's car is tested for the victim's DNA.

KHQ is not releasing names until charges are filed.

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