GCSO investigates employee over August incident

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Sept. 17 — EPHRATA — An employee of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is under investigation after GCSO deputies responded to an incident at his home in early August, according to a GCSO statement released Friday.

According to the statement, GCSO agents responded to a call at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the 10000 block of Dodson Road NW, south of Ephrata. The call was in response to reports of an altercation involving the GCSO officer and a separate incident not involving the deputy sheriff in which a teen was accused of sexual misconduct with another minor.

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No allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the GCSO staff member.

After determining that all parties were safe, no one was in immediate danger and no arrest was necessary, GCSO requested that Ephrata Police Department conduct both resulting investigations, the statement said.

The name and status of the GCSO employee at the agency was not disclosed in the release, nor were details given about either incident.

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EPD chief Kurt Adkinson told the Columbia Basin Herald he would not comment on the incident.

Because EPD’s investigation is now complete and has been filed with the Grant County Attorney General’s Office, GCSO said it has asked an outside investigator to determine whether the GCSO employee violated any policies or procedures during the incident.

“As this is a personnel issue and to protect the integrity of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is unable to comment further on this matter at this time,” the statement said.

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Charles H. Featherstone can be reached at [email protected]

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