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Court Documents: Spokane Police Sgt. tipped off fellow officers about impending sexual assault investigation

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The investigation into a Spokane Police officer accused of sexually assaulting a fellow officer last month continues, and now detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office say a Spokane Police Sergeant tipped off the suspect and warned him that a search warrant was on the way. 

Court Documents released on Friday show that detectives believe a high-ranking officer contacted several people involved in the investigation, including the suspect at least twice. that superior officer is now under investigation for possible rendering criminal assistance and obstructing a law enforcement officer. 

Court records show the alleged victim attended a party hosted by a fellow officer on October 25. The woman told detectives she passed out after drinking and woke up in a guest bedroom to find the suspect sitting next to her with his hand down her pants. The woman said after she told her attacker to stop she began to cry and the suspect said something to the effect of "I gotta go. I gotta go home", and he then left. 

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The woman told the party host and fellow officer about the incident before she left the next morning, and then notified her superiors later in the day. 

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said from the beginning, his detectives were being "stonewalled" by the Spokane Police Department and hindering their investigation into the claims. Knezovich claims the suspect and party host were tipped off about the impending investigation, giving them ample time to destroy evidence. 

When investigators made contacts with the suspect, they couldn't obtain DNA evidence because his fingernails were recently cut extremely short, according to court documents. 

The party host is under investigation for tampering with evidence. Detectives say they couldn't obtain DNA evidence from the clothing the victim borrowed during the party or the bed sheets because they had recently been washed clean. Detectives also say the victim told the party host about the assault, and he never reported it to his superiors. 

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