Federal Way officer resigns amid accusations of sexual misconduct



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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 7:40 PM

A Federal Way police officer has resigned, facing accusations of sexual misconduct.

The department says former officer Ashley Crispin made unwanted advances toward a witness in a case, even texting her explicit photos of himself.

It started in April, when Crispin responded to a call at a home in Federal Way. He met a witness and then allegedly started to pursue an inappropriate relationship with her.

"There were unwanted sexual advances being presented to this particular woman,” said Chief Brian Wilson.

According to an internal investigation, that woman told police "…she received 6-8 photographs from Crispin in April. The first was a self-photo of Crispin in uniform sitting in his police car. The other pictures were of an exposed sexually aroused adult white male."

During the initial investigation, the woman claimed Crispin "…encouraged her to delete all the photos and not to cooperate with the police."

"She produced phone records, other physical evidence and just the description of the chronology and other people she talked to that we found the information she provided was credible,” said Wilson.

According to Crispin's personnel file this isn't the only black mark in his seven years on the force.

In 2009, the department suspended him for pursuing sex with another woman in the Police Explorer program. And two more victims have come forward claiming they received inappropriate contact from him. One was a woman who was under arrest. That case has now launched a criminal investigation.

No one answered the door at his home in Graham, where neighbors say he lives with his wife and kids.

His neighbors say Crispin is a good friend who made them feel safer.

"My husband was supposed to deploy this fall and Ashley helped me figure out ways to make the house more secure while he was gone,” said his neighbor Melissa King.

Officer Crispin received two awards for saving people's lives in the line of duty.

When confronted with the accusations against him in June, his chief says he resigned instead of cooperating with the investigation.

The case has been referred to the King County Prosecutor’s Office to see if Crispin will face criminal charges.