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April 01, 2014
Ex-Colville Police Officer sentenced to 29 months in prison in sexual misconduct case

OLYMPIA—Stevens County Judge Pat Monasmith today sentenced former Colville Police Officer Rex Newport to 29 months in prison and 36 months in community custody after Newport pled guilty to several felonies and misdemeanors in February.

The Attorney General’s Office filed multiple charges against Newport on Oct. 4, 2013, after several women reported Newport had made sexual advances toward them while he was on duty. Along with the prison time and community custody, Newport is prohibited from having any contact with his victims and must register as a sex offender. He is also required to pay $1,100 in court costs.  As a result of his felony convictions, Newport may not lawfully carry a firearm or work as a police officer in the state of Washington after he is released from prison.

According to charging papers, the first woman to come forward reported that Newport entered her apartment without her permission on March 10, 2013.  The woman reported he handcuffed her and then later had sexual intercourse with her. The next day, the woman went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination and reported the incident to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

After the first woman reported her encounter with Newport, court documents show several other women reported to the SCSO that Newport had also made sexual advances toward them while on duty. The SCSO reported four other women who were targeted in documents filed with the court.

One woman reported that Newport twice initiated traffic stops of her vehicle and then had sexual intercourse with her while she was detained. 

Newport denied the incidents to SCSO investigators when confronted with the reports. Newport later admitted as part of his guilty plea that he had lied.

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.

 On Feb. 25, 2014, Newport pleaded guilty to:

Residential Burglary;
Unlawful Imprisonment with sexual motivation;
Custodial Sexual Misconduct in the first degree;
Making a False or Misleading Statement to a Public Servant; and
Official Misconduct.

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