OLYMPIA—Colville Police Officer Rex Newport today pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after several women accused him of sexual misconduct while on duty.
According to charging papers, the first woman to come forward reported being sexually assaulted by Newport at her apartment in Colville in March 2013. The woman reported he handcuffed her and then later had sexual intercourse with her. The woman went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination and reported the incident to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).
According to court documents, after the first woman reported her encounter with Newport, several other women reported to the SCSO that Newport had also made sexual advances toward them while on duty. The SCSO included documentation of four other women who were targeted in documents filed with the court.
Since the Stevens County Prosecutor’s office worked with Newport on criminal cases, the Attorney General’s Office was asked to handle any charging decisions or prosecution. The Attorney General’s Office filed charges on behalf of the Stevens County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct. 4, 2013.
Newport pleaded guilty to:
- Residential Burglary;
- Unlawful Imprisonment with sexual motivation, which is a class C felony requiring sex offender registration for 10 years;
- Custodial Sexual Misconduct in the first degree, which is a class C felony requiring sex offender registration for 10 years;
- Making a False or Misleading Statement to a Public Servant; and
- Official Misconduct.
“The Attorney General’s Office appreciates the opportunity to work with the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office to bring Mr. Newport to justice,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
The standard sentencing range for the felonies would be 22 to 29 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 1.
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