- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The DNA of the woman Spokane police Officer Gordon Ennis is accused of sexually assaulting was found on the seat belt and parking brake of his car, according to court documents.

The woman, who is also a police officer, told investigators she had never been in Ennis’ car, the documents said.

The Spokesman-Review (https://bit.ly/21zi7fZ ) reported Thursday that Ennis, the woman and several others attended a party hosted by fellow Officer Doug Strosahl on Oct. 24.

The woman told investigators she passed out after having several drinks and awoke in a guest bedroom early on Oct. 25 to find Ennis assaulting her.

Ennis turned himself in on a charge of second-degree rape at the Spokane County Jail around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and was released on his own recognizance 10 minutes later. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

“This is a disappointing day for Spokane,” Mayor David Condon said in a statement. “We hold our police officers to the highest standards of conduct, and the allegations contained in these charges fall far short of those expectations.”

“An internal review panel will be activated to review the felony charge,” Condon said.

The woman told Strosahl what had happened to her before she left his home on Oct. 25, according to court documents. Strosahl was investigated for possible evidence tampering because the borrowed clothing the woman was wearing at the time of the assault was washed before being handed over to investigators.

But Strosahl was cleared of wrongdoing after his fiancee told investigators that she washed the clothes when she cleaned the house before she heard about the alleged assault, according to the court documents.

Strosahl still faces an internal affairs investigation into whether he violated department policies by failing to notify supervisors of the assault allegation when he first learned of it.

The documents also contain new details about the investigation into the actions of Spokane Police Guild President John Gately for allegedly tipping off Ennis about the investigation, which was conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The documents said Gately contacted several people involved in the investigation and may have shared details about the investigation with others.

Charges of first-degree rendering criminal assistance and obstructing a police officer against Gately have been referred to the Spokane County prosecutor’s office and are under review.


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

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