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Investigation: Ex-deputy had inappropriate relationships

April 12, 2018

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A recent internal investigation into a now-former Skagit County sheriff’s deputy has revealed the man had inappropriate relationships with at least three women — one of whom was mistakenly released from the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

The Skagit Valley Herald reported Wednesday that a Skagit County Sheriff’s Office investigation determined Josafat Gutierrez violated several department policies.

According to the investigation report per, Gutierrez violated policies regarding sexual activity and failure to act for not aiding in the apprehension of the woman released from jail.

Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt says Gutierrez resigned in lieu of termination Jan. 4.

Reichardt says Gutierrez had been employed with the department since June 2016.

The sheriff’s office had the Skagit Multiple Agency Response Team investigate Gutierrez for potential criminal wrongdoing.

Reports from that investigation have been forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office.


Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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