Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in probe of charity assisting prostitutes

Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in probe of charity assisting prostitutes

Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in probe of charity assisting prostitutes

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by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 9:00 PM

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Conner was put on administrative leave last spring, while the Sheriff's Office investigated allegations that thousands of dollars were missing from The Genesis Project.  

The Genesis Project is a non-profit drop-in shelter that Conner founded to offer prostitutes a way to escape the streets.  

After the allegations surfaced, the FBI got involved to determine whether a crime had been committed and the Sheriff's Office demanded Connor turn over his badge and gun while he was the subject of an internal investigation. 

Sources tell KING 5 that following a five month investigation, Conner was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.  The internal investigation by his department also found the allegations unsustained. 

Sheriff John Urquhart said that Conner's gun and badge have been returned to him and he is returning to his regular duties working as a DUI officer in the SeaTac area.  

"This is what we expected," said Laura Conner, Andy Conner's wife, who also works part time at The Genesis Project.   "Money was never missing.  Andy has been Executive Director since 2011 and has never paid himself a dime," she said.

Laura Conner said that the allegation came from "a disgruntled former employee."

Sheriff Urquhart said that while the U.S. Attorney's Office concluded that there was no evidence of a crime, the federal investigation did turn up sloppy accounting and poor management at the center.

"Because of everything that's happened, we will no longer be referring any girls or women to The Genesis Project," Urquhart said. 

 

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