Dozens of sexually explicit photos, including homemade porn, were found on the county-owned laptop of an aide to Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, The Everett Herald reports.
Kevin Hulten, 34, was already on leave due to a criminal investigation. The Herald reports Hulten said he would resign after the images were found in March, but wanted to attach conditions which included some kind of monetary settlement.
Hulten reportedly claimed he was being set up after his supervisor said there would be no deal. He also allegedly claimed it was retaliation for making a whistleblower complaint about county prosecutors.
The Herald reports a Seattle attorney investigated and found both of Hulten’s claims were unfounded.
Hulten is one of two Reardon aides who made a series of expansive public records requests last year that sought information about Reardon’s political opponents.
Hulten was put on leave when his actions were described in media reports, after which he filed whistleblower complaints alleging that several Snohomish County officials conspired to undermine Reardon.
Reardon announced his resignation when the records requests and some attack web sites were linked to Hulten and another of Reardon’s employees by The Herald.
On Friday afternoon, Hulten sent a written statement to KING 5, calling the computer photos "personal, private and unrelated to work." He also said they were not on his computer when he turned it in, echoing what the told investigators - that he was set up.
Hulten is on leave during the sheriff’s investigation.