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Spokane Police Sgt. accused of rape pleads not guilty; Trial date set for February 29

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Sgt. Gordon Ennis is charged with 2nd Degree Rape Sgt. Gordon Ennis is charged with 2nd Degree Rape
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Police Office charged with raping a co-worker in October made his first court appearance Monday morning and pleaded not guilty. 

Sgt. Gordon Ennis has been charged with 2nd degree rape after a female co-worker says she woke up after a party at another officer's house to Ennis sexually assaulting her back in October.

After the hearing, both Ennis and his attorney refused comment. 

Investigators found the DNA on a seat belt and the parking brake of Ennis' car, but the victim told detectives she had never been in Ennis' car. 

Ennis turned himself in last Wednesday afternoon and spent 10 minutes in the Spokane County Jail getting fingerprinted and his mugshot taken. He was then released.

On Friday, Spokane Police Guild President John Gately was charged with obstructing justice and rendering criminal assistance. Deputies arrested and released him Friday. He did not spend any time in jail. Gately's lawyer told KHQ that Gately was innocent and that the charges were, "bogus." Investigators say Gately tipped off Ennis about the investigation, giving Ennis time to destroy evidence. 

Court documents show Gately called Ennis the day after the assault took place and had a conversation for a little more than a minute. Gately also called Ennis the next morning and that conversation lasted nearly seven minutes, according to court documents. Immediately after that call, court records show Ennis began sending text messages asking for attorney contact information and called several attorneys. 40 minutes after Ennis' conversation with Gately on October 26, Ennis' attorney, Rob Cossey called investigators to let them know he was representing Ennis and detectives could come to his office to serve the search warrant for DNA and cellphone records. At that point in time, the search warrant had not yet been filed and had only been discussed with police command staff. 

The officer who hosted the party was cleared of any wrongdoing after his fiancee told detectives she had washed the clothes the victim was wearing before she heard about the assault. The officer still faces an internal affairs investigation into whether he violated department policies by not notifying his supervisors of the assault after the victim told him about it the next morning. 

Ennis' trial date was set for February 29, 2016. 

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