Yakima County Deputy Sean Moore,
formerly a Wapato Police officer,
is a member of the department's
RANGING FROM OCT 28 THROUGH NOV 20:
...The charges include first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree rape, all with a domestic violence enhancement, and a fourth charge of second-degree assault... She is a person the deputy knows well. And that woman claims Deputy Moore held a gun to her head, punched her in the face, and sexually assaulted her... The report said Moore pointed his duty pistol at her and asked the friend, "How would you like to see her die?"... If that wasn't bad enough, she says he was wearing his uniform, and was on duty... More than a half-dozen sheriff's deputies and Yakima police officers sat in the gallery during the [preliminary] hearing... they came to show support for Moore... Court records reviewed Friday showed that the woman Moore is accused of attacking obtained a temporary protection order against him in 1995. The woman alleged that Moore kicked her car when she tried to leave and had repeatedly assaulted her, among other incidents... Sheriff Ken Irwin said the protection order should have surfaced during Moore's background investigation before he was hired in 2003. But he said he had been out of the office and had not had a chance to review the deputy's personnel file. "I can't guarantee that that was addressed," he said... [Irwin] did not immediately recall whether the 1995 allegations were discussed with the woman...
SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ACCUSED OF RAPE, ASSAULT
By Ryan Simms
Oct 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM PST
[Excerpts] ...[Deputy Sean Moore] made his first appearance in court on charges of assault, burglary, and rape. "We are saddened that his family is going through such a situation," says Sheriff Ken Irwin. "We'll leave it at that." KIMA Action News uncovered shocking details in the police report. It all happened last weekend at a house in Selah. Out of respect for the victim, we will only say she is a person the deputy knows well. And that woman claims Deputy Moore held a gun to her head, punched her in the face, and sexually assaulted her. If that wasn't bad enough, she says he was wearing his uniform, and was on duty. In Selah, none of Deputy Moore's neighbors wanted to talk to Action News on camera, but they all told KIMA the same thing: that Deputy Moore was always friendly and outgoing. They say he never seemed capable of committing the crimes he's accused of doing... He's now on leave from the Sheriff's Office while Selah police continue their investigation. The Sheriff's Office wouldn't say if it's had previous issues with Deputy Moore. According to Selah police, a tracking device on Deputy Moore's patrol car did place him in the area during the time the woman said she was assaulted. His bail was set at $500,000. [Full article here]
...[DISTRICT COURT JUDGE JUDGE DON] ENGEL SAID HE WAS CONCERNED THAT EVIDENCE, INCLUDING TEXT MESSAGES, SUGGESTS MOORE WAS TRYING TO CONTROL THE WOMAN...
DEPUTY FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT
By Yakima Herald-Republic
by Mark Morey
Oct. 28, 2010
[Excerpts] Bail of $500,000 was set Thursday for a Yakima County sheriff's deputy arrested Wednesday night after a woman reported he entered her home and sexually assaulted her while on duty. Deputy Sean Moore, 37, made a preliminary appearance Thursday in Superior Court, where he could face charges of first-degree assault, second-degree rape and first-degree burglary. In seeking the high bail, deputy prosecutor Susan Arb said Moore had apparently been trying to identify the woman's male friend who had been at the house. "The state is quite concerned for the safety of both victims," Arb said, describing the woman in particular as "truly frightened." The Sheriff's Office has started a separate internal investigation to determine whether Moore violated any department policies... Moore, a seven-year deputy who was working and in uniform at the time of the incident, and the woman were well known to one another, according to the Selah police report filed in court to support the arrest... According to the report, the woman told police that he entered her Selah home early Sunday while she and a friend were sleeping. The report said Moore pointed his duty pistol at her and asked the friend, "How would you like to see her die?" She said Moore demanded the friend leave as he repeatedly punched her in the back of the head, according to the report. Moore then got into his patrol car and told the other man, who had been walking to his truck, that he'd arrest him if he didn't accept a ride, the report said. The man refused and, according to the report, Moore drove away when the man said he would report the incident to the Sheriff's Office. The patrol car's GPS locator system shows that it was parked near the home when the woman said the incident took place, according to police. The friend stayed the night at the house because the woman said she feared for her life, the report said. The woman said Moore returned later in the morning after the friend had left. She said he again pointed the gun at her head and asked if she wanted to die, according to the report. She reported she was kicked, hit and choked before engaging in sex out of fear for her life, the report said. The report also said she told police there'd been numerous previous incidents of domestic violence... Selah police Chief Stacy Dwarshius said Selah police started hearing rumors of the Sunday incident on Monday from friends of the victims who were concerned that it had not been reported. Officers started trying to find the woman to make sure she was all right. The friend was the first to be located, on Tuesday evening, and the woman came to the police station Wednesday to give a statement, Dwarshius said. Moore turned himself in at the police station on Wednesday evening and was booked into jail... Moore is a member of the department's SWAT team... County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty said his office was arranging to transfer the case to prosecutors in another county to eliminate any potential for a conflict of interest. Hagarty repeatedly declined to say what distinguished the Moore case from allegations against a Yakima police officer accused of barging into a woman's home and assaulting her. Hagarty kept that case in his office, where it has been under review for months... [Full article here]
...SELAH POLICE CHIEF STACY DWARSHIUS SAID OFFICERS BELIEVE THEY HAVE SEIZED ALL OF MOORE'S KNOWN WEAPONS, INCLUDING SIX HANDGUNS, A DEPARTMENT-ISSUED RIFLE AND SHOTGUN AND SEVERAL OTHER RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS...
PROSECUTOR SEEKS HELP WITH OFFICER CASES
By Mark Morey
October 29, 2010 AT 10:43PM
[Excerpts] Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty said Friday he'll seek another prosecutor to review allegations against a Yakima police officer accused of groping a woman after barging into her home earlier this year. Meanwhile, he was also waiting on a request for another agency to handle pending charges against a Yakima County sheriff's deputy jailed after reports that he beat and sexually assaulted a woman. The state Attorney General's Office could agree to take both cases, or Hagarty might have to find a special prosecutor, perhaps from another county... He said that, in hindsight, it might have been best to transfer the case at the start... In the latest case involving a law officer, Hagarty has already said that he would look for another agency to handle the case of sheriff's Deputy Sean Moore. Moore was jailed Wednesday after Selah police investigated reports that he had entered a Selah home and assaulted a woman and a male friend while on duty and in uniform. The woman and Moore know one another. Moore remained in custody Friday on $500,000 bail on suspicion of rape, assault and burglary. He must be charged by Monday or be released. Hagarty said his office would make a preliminary charging decision if a special prosecutor had not been secured by then. Selah police said they were continuing to gather information in their case against Moore. Chief Stacy Dwarshius said officers believe they have seized all of Moore's known weapons, including six handguns, a department-issued rifle and shotgun and several other rifles and shotguns. Court records reviewed Friday showed that the woman Moore is accused of attacking obtained a temporary protection order against him in 1995. The woman alleged that Moore kicked her car when she tried to leave and had repeatedly assaulted her, among other incidents. A Yakima County court commissioner dropped the case when the woman did not show up for a hearing to request a permanent protection order. The woman this week told Selah police that Moore's behavior had become increasingly aggressive after he was involved in an on-duty shooting of a suspect in 2004. Sheriff Ken Irwin said the protection order should have surfaced during Moore's background investigation before he was hired in 2003. But he said he had been out of the office and had not had a chance to review the deputy's personnel file. "I can't guarantee that that was addressed," he said. [Full article here]
...DEPUTY PROSECUTOR SUSAN ARB SAID MOORE HAD APPARENTLY BEEN TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE WOMAN'S MALE FRIEND WHO HAD BEEN AT THE HOUSE. "THE STATE IS QUITE CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF BOTH VICTIMS," ARB SAID, DESCRIBING THE WOMAN IN PARTICULAR AS "TRULY FRIGHTENED"...
DEPUTY FACES FOUR CHARGES IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE
by David Lester
Monday, November 01, 2010 AT 10:27PM [Excerpts] Prosecutors on Monday filed four charges against a Yakima County sheriff's deputy accused of entering a woman's home last month and sexually assaulting her while he was on duty. Deputy Sean Moore, 37, is scheduled for arraignment in Yakima County Superior Court next week... The charges include first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree rape, all with a domestic violence enhancement, and a fourth charge of second-degree assault. The charges are based on events at the woman's Selah home Oct. 24. Moore, a deputy sheriff for seven years, and the woman knew each other for years, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court... Prosecutor Jim Hagarty has been trying to find a prosecutor outside the county to handle the Moore case to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. The state Attorney General's Office has declined to take over the case, citing staff shortages, Hagarty said Monday. "We will have to fall back and determine what other options we have. We don't have anything concrete at this time," he said. Hagarty has been able to transfer to the Benton County prosecutor the case of a Yakima police officer who is alleged to have groped a woman after barging into her home early this year... [Full article here]
...EVIDENCE INDICATES MOORE WAS TRYING TO TARGET THE WOMAN'S MALE FRIEND AND THE WOMAN BELIEVES MOORE WOULD TRY TO KILL HER IF HE'S RELEASED... [JUDGE DON] ENGEL SAID HE WAS CONCERNED THAT EVIDENCE, INCLUDING TEXT MESSAGES, SUGGESTS MOORE WAS TRYING TO CONTROL THE WOMAN...
LET JUSTICE TAKE ITS COURSE FOR ACCUSED OFFICERS
Yakima Herald-Republic editorial board
Nov. 14, 2010
The Yakima Valley right now is seeing two cases of serious allegations of crime by those committed to stopping crime, one involving a Yakima police officer and another a Yakima County sheriff's deputy. This is always a sensitive and difficult issue, but the public's trust in the criminal-justice system - from the police department to the county prosecutor to the courts - hinges on the cases being treated with transparency and fairness. Critics say that hasn't happened in the case of a Yakima police officer who is accused of barging into a woman's home and then groping her... The woman's lawyer, Bill Pickett, claims Hagarty was delaying because he wanted to curry favor with police officers in an election year, a claim Hagarty firmly rejects. But Hagarty could have deflected such allegations by moving more quickly on the case. Hagarty's approach seems to be an extension of his policy of personally handling cases involving attacks on officers. That's well and good, to show to officers that the prosecutor has their back, but pretty much everyone in law enforcement knows everyone else in Yakima County. Moving against somebody you know puts everyone in a difficult situation. In a second case, Hagarty from the start began looking for another agency to handle it. This one involves Yakima County sheriff's Deputy Sean Moore, who was jailed in late October after reports he had entered a Selah home, on duty and in uniform, and assaulted a woman he knew along with a male friend... [Full article here]
DEPUTY JAILED ON RAPE CHARGE WILL ASK FOR LOWER BAIL
By Mark Morey
Thursday, November 18, 2010 AT 11:23PM
[Excerpts] An attorney for Yakima County sheriff's Deputy Sean Moore says his client will plead innocent today to charges that he raped a woman while on duty. Moore, 37, is scheduled to be arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court in connection with an Oct. 24 incident in which he is accused of breaking into a Selah home and forcing the woman to perform a sex act. He's also accused of assaulting the woman and threatening her male friend at gunpoint earlier the same day at the house. Moore was on duty and in uniform when the first contact happened, according to the police report. Bellingham attorney Jeffrey Lustick, who represents Moore, said the seven-year deputy is prepared to take the case to trial... Lustick said he would ask for Moore's bail to be reduced, calling the amount excessive under the circumstances... Lustick said he would also ask that Yakima County prosecutors be ordered to recuse themselves... Sheriff Ken Irwin said a separate personnel investigation into the allegations against Moore is expected to continue for some time... Irwin also said Thursday that he had reviewed Moore's personnel file since the arrest and found no discipline against him. The woman Moore is accused of attacking sought a temporary protection order against him in 1995. The request was dropped when she did not show up for a subsequent court hearing. That situation was discussed with Moore as part of the background investigation before he was hired, including a standard polygraph examination and psychological review, Irwin said. "There were no issues that came up that would restrict him in any way in properly handling his job as a law enforcement officer," Irwin said, although he did not immediately recall whether the 1995 allegations were discussed with the woman... [Full article here]
NO BAIL REDUCTION IN RAPE CASE AS DEPUTY ARRAIGNED
By MARK MOREY
Friday, November 19, 2010
[Excerpts] A judge declined Friday to reduce bail for a Yakima County sheriff's deputy accused of raping a woman while on duty. Deputy Sean Moore's attorney argued that bail of $500,000 is excessive and effectively restricts Moore to solitary confinement in jail. The prosecutor objected, citing the serious nature of the charges. Evidence indicates Moore was trying to target the woman's male friend and the woman believes Moore would try to kill her if he's released, County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty said. Judge Don Engel, a District Court judge handling felony arraignments for the day, agreed to maintain the bail. Engel said he was concerned that evidence, including text messages, suggests Moore was trying to control the woman. During the same hearing, Moore entered innocent pleas to the rape, assault and burglary charges against him in connection with the Oct. 24 incident at the woman's Selah home.... More than a half-dozen sheriff's deputies and Yakima police officers sat in the gallery during the hearing, which lasted about an hour. Moore's Bellingham attorney, Jeffrey Lustick,said they came to show support for Moore... [Full article here]
COMMENT by phantom; "I hope the Yakima sheriffs and police officers left their uniforms at home when they came to show their support."
BAIL MAINTAINED FOR SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ACCUSED OF RAPE
Friday, November 19, 2010 AT 03:32PM
[Excerpts] Bail was maintained Friday at $500,000 for a Yakima County sheriff’s deputy accused of raping a woman while on duty. Deputy Sean Moore entered innocent pleas to the rape, assault and burglary charges... Bellingham attorney Jeffrey Lustick, who represents Moore, asked Judge Don Engel to reduce bail substantially or consider releasing Moore on his own recognizance or under electronic home monitoring... Lustick highlighted Moore’s years of service as a law enforcement officer and offered multiple letters of support from colleagues... Engel said he was concerned that evidence in the case, including text messages, suggests Moore was trying to control the victim. He left the $500,000 bail in place... [Full article here]
SEAN MOORE, YAKIMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY, TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO HOME INVASION RAPE
By Curtis Cartier
Fri., Nov. 19 2010
[Excerpts] Prosecutors say Yakima County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Moore didn't even bother to change out of his uniform when he broke into a Selah home and raped a female acquaintance. Moore's lawyer says otherwise. But a history of domestic violence seems to suggest the deputy was very much capable of the crime. The 37-year-old deputy is accused of breaking into the woman's house on Oct. 24 and, in front of her friend, pulling out a gun and asking her "do you want to die?" After making the woman's friend leave, the alleged victim says Moore punched, kicked and choked her repeatedly. Then, she says, he raped her. Afterward, he apparently threatened her friend again outside the house. Then, the next day, he came back and pulled his gun on the woman yet again, positing the same query: "do you want to die?" The incident went unreported for some time until rumors among deputies inspired some to see how the woman was doing. She then told them the whole story... [Full article here]
YAKIMA SHERIFF'S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH RAPE
KOMO, Associated Press
Nov 20, 2010
[Excerpts] A Yakima County sheriff's deputy accused of breaking into a home and forcing a woman to perform a sex act has pleaded not guilty... [His lawyer Jeffrey] Lustick earlier told The Associated Press his client has a long history of public service and poses no danger to the community. "We have a defense to every one of these charges," the lawyer said. "We will prove his innocence at trial." Lustick declined to discuss what those defenses are pending the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case... Moore is being held in the Kittitas County Jail in Ellensburg. The deputy is on paid leave, and the Yakima County sheriff's office is conducting a separate personnel investigation. [Full article here]
COMMENT BY Just_Bob: According to Yakima coverage, the earlier alleged incident occurred during the middle of the night while he was on duty and in uniform. He allegedly broke in and rousted them from bed at gun point and ordered the guy to leave. I'm thinking "poses no danger to the community." is some kind of lawyer gibberish.
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