- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial for a former Spokane police union president charged with tipping off an officer about a sexual assault investigation against him.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1WtTFMx ) that prosecutors concluded their case Thursday after calling two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies to testify about how John Gately’s actions delayed their investigation.

Gately is charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Authorities say Gately told Sgt. Gordon Ennis, who is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow officer, about the investigation before detectives served a search warrant.

Gately’s attorney argues his client was acting in his capacity as Spokane Police Guild president when he called Ennis and that his calls are protected by free speech.

The trial resumes Monday.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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