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Spokane Police sergeant takes stand in obstruction trial

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Sgt. John Gately in court Monday. Sgt. John Gately in court Monday.

The former Spokane Police Guild President took the stand Monday during his criminal trial. Sgt. John Gately is facing a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Back in October, a rookie Spokane police officer accused fellow officer Gordon Ennis of rape. Prosecutors say Sgt. John Gately tipped Ennis off about the investigation. Prosecutors believe that gave Ennis time to destroy evidence.

Cell phone records confirm that Gately communicated with Ennis after the rape allegations were made. That includes a six-plus minute-long phone call. Gately told the jury the phone call was strictly guild business.

"He (Ennis) asked me well what does the county want? I said I don't know but I would guess your DNA," Gately testified. "It's a sexual assault case. I just answered his question. I didn't think about it."

The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half Monday. They will resume Tuesday morning.

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