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Spokane Police Guild President pleads not guilty to felony charges

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Sgt. John Gately in court Monday morning Sgt. John Gately in court Monday morning
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The president of the Spokane Police Guild made a court appearance Monday to face obstruction and rendering criminal assistance charges.

Sgt. John Gately pleaded not guilty to felony charges related to accusations that he tipped off a fellow officer who is facing sexual assault charges.

Prosecutors charged Gately with rendering criminal assistance and obstructing a law enforcement officer at the beginning of December. Investigators say Gately told Sgt. Gordon Ennis about a coming search warrant.

Ennis was charged with second Degree Rape. Investigators say at an October party he sexually assaulted a female police officer. Ennis already pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Gately's attorney told KHQ that Gately is a respected member of the police department and the charges against him are untrue. His lawyer also filed a motion to ask the prosecutor to detail the charges against Gately, saying the existing information is sparse at best.

Gately will be booked into jail and released on his own recognizance in the next week or so.

The city placed Gately and Ennis on unpaid leave shortly after charges were filed. The Spokane Police Guild has not elected a new president, but vice president Sgt. John Griffin is acting as president.

Gately’s trial is set for March 14.

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