- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A Spokane Police officer was booked Wednesday on a rape charge in an alleged sexual assault involving a female officer at a party in October, officials said.

Sgt. Gordon Ennis turned himself in to the Spokane County Jail Wednesday afternoon, was booked on the charge and released about 10 minutes later, according to jail website records.

Ennis has been on paid leave since shortly after the Oct. 25 party at the home of Spokane Police Officer Doug Strosahl north of Spokane.

A female officer told investigators she had been drinking that night at the party and passed out in a bedroom. Investigators said she told them she awoke to find Ennis assaulting her.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the female officer’s DNA was later found in Ennis’s car, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Sheriff’s officials said in a news release they’ve concluded their investigation in that case and in a related one in which they believe Sgt. John Gately, who has been president of the Spokane police union since 2013, tipped off Ennis about the investigation. Court documents said Gately contacted several people involved in the investigation and may have shared details about the investigation with others.

Knezovich said Gately’s actions could have led to evidence tampering, KREM-TV reported.

The Sheriff’s Office is recommending that Gately be charged with rendering criminal assistance and obstruction of a law enforcement officer in that case. Those allegations are under review by county prosecutors. Gately is also on paid leave.

No criminal charges were filed by the Sheriff’s Office pertaining to Strosahl, who has also been on paid leave, in either case.



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