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Charges against former Police Guild President John Gately dropped

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Charges of rendering criminal assistance against the former Spokane Police Guild President, Sgt. John Gately in a rape investigation involving another Spokane Police Officer, were dropped Friday afternoon. 

Gately was charged with two counts of rendering criminal assistance in connection to a rape case involving Spokane Police Sergeant Gordon Ennis. Gately was accused of tipping off Ennis to an impending search warrant in the rape case, giving Ennis time to destroy evidence. 

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

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.

On Friday, Gately's lawyers argued the charges should be dropped against Gately because there "is no evidence of Gately interfering with the apprehension of Sgt. Ennis." In the end, the judge sided with the defense and dropped the charges against Gately.

RELATED: Victim's DNA found in car of Spokane Police Officer charged with rape

Gately still has a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer and his trial for that is expected to start later this month. 

Gately still remains on leave from the Spokane Police Department. 

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