Sergeant on paid leave during investigation into sex on duty



Posted on November 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- The Snohomish County Sheriffs Office isn't saying much about a radio transmission that caught more than a few people by surprise.

A sergeant is suspected of accidentally turning on his 2-way radio in September and broadcasting himself in a sexual act.   

Snohomish County Sheriff's officials report an internal investigation won't be wrapped up for another 2 or 3 weeks. But the investigation started 8 weeks ago. The sergeant in question remains on paid leave.

KING 5 News heard about what happened weeks ago, and requested the radio transmission between him and dispatchers.

Sgt. "Be en route to that alarm."
Dispatch: "Lake Stevens is going to go ahead and take it."
Sgt. "Received thank you."   

For about 30 seconds after that transmission, dispatchers heard what sounds like a woman moaning. Dispatchers asked him to check his mic.

Dispatch: "41 sam radio check."
Sgt. "Code 4."
Dispatch: "Copy code 4."

Code 4 means everything is okay.

The incident happened two months ago and the radio transmission was heard by several people.

According Dale Brandland, former Sheriff of Whatcom County, no matter how clear something seems, internal investigations take time, and often involvement from police unions.

"It can get very complicated, not everything is real simple," said Brandland. "You don't want to rush to judgment and get an answer to a question, without making sure that you've got all of the i's dotted and t's crossed."

Brandland spoke in generalities, but it will be up to Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick if there will be any punishment.

The sergeant is not being investigated for any crime. He's been on the force for 20 years and was promoted to sergeant 11 months ago.