Report: KC deputy accused of helping wife work as prostitute

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 5:41 PM

King County Sheriff John Urquhart responded Friday to putting three deputies on paid leave.

Urquhart says the deputies are part of an internal investigation and a criminal investigation, in which the FBI is also involved. He wouldn't say why they are being investigated, but The Seattle Times reports one deputy allegedly helped his wife as a prostitute, including using the county computer system to conduct background checks. 

"A lot of the information, or at least some of the information that's out there, is wrong," said Urquhart about the report. "In this case, some of the information is wrong. In fact, it's 180 degrees wrong."

Urquhart, however, wouldn't state what part of The Seattle Times story was inaccurate.

Urquhart would only say all the deputies are veterans. Two men work at the Ravensdale gun range, another woman is in the major crimes unit.

Search warrants were served on Tuesday.

“The search warrant affidavit is sealed. The search warrant was served at a residence, at a work desk and a vehicle,” said Urquhart.

Urquhart says the investigation could expand. None of the deputies have been arrested or charged.

In response to Urquhart, The Seattle Times says it stands behind the story as reported.

"We have not heard from anyone about specific factual errors related to the story," said Jill Mackie, VP of Public Affairs for The Seattle Times.
 

KING's Linda Brill and Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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