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Sgt. John Gately has been charged with obstructing justice and rendering criminal assistance in the rape investigation against Sgt. Gordon Ennis Sgt. John Gately has been charged with obstructing justice and rendering criminal assistance in the rape investigation against Sgt. Gordon Ennis
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Four days after being charged with obstructing justice and rendering criminal assistance in a rape investigation involving another Spokane Police officer, the City of Spokane announced Tuesday morning that effective Wednesday, Sgt. John Gately will be placed on unpaid layoff status pending the outcome of the criminal case against him. 

According to City policy, “an employee who has been formally charged with a felony will be laid off pending court trial determination only if the alleged crime is so heinous as to offend the sensibilities of a reasonable person, there is a job connection, the City’s public relations would be adversely affected by retaining the employee on the job, or the employee’s presence on the job would be a disruptive factor in the work force.” 

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. Ennis appeared in court on Monday and his trial date was set for February 29, 2016. 

Investigators say Gately tipped off Sgt. Gordon Ennis about the rape 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. 

Gately's lawyer told KHQ Gately is innocent and the charges against him are "bogus." 

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