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Sexual misconduct charges loom

A City of Federal Way Police officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of misconduct charges.

The investigation was initiated based on allegations made by a 17-year-old high school student about the conduct of Officer Terry Wilson who was assigned as a School Resource Officer at her school.

The alleged misconduct occurred at Federal Way High School on or about June 1, 2007 and allegedly involved inappropriate comments and touching by the officer.

The allegations were brought to the attention of the Federal Way Police Department on June 7, 2007.

Officer Wilson was placed on paid administrative leave the same day. Federal Way Police Chief Brian J. Wilson (no relation) requested that an outside agency (City of Renton Police Department) conduct a criminal investigation which is standard procedure for handling allegations of officer misconduct among police departments in south King County.

Following a review of the investigation by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office, the matter was referred to the City of Auburn prosecutor to determine if misdemeanor criminal charges were warranted.

The City of Auburn prosecutor has filed misdemeanor charges against the officer in the Federal Way Municipal Court on August 31, 2007 for Assault 4 and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes.

A Federal Way Police Department internal investigation is also reviewing the matter.

Officer Terry Wilson is 48 years old and a five-year veteran of the Federal Way Police Department.

Prior to his service in Federal Way, he served two years with the Honolulu Police Department.

He is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was honorably discharged achieving the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

Officer Wilson has no prior Federal Way Police discipline or sustained complaint history.

"The Federal Way Police Department is committed to a thorough and comprehensive review of these allegations," Chief Wilson said. "These are serious charges that are in direct conflict with the Department's core values."

"We set a high bar for ethical and legal conduct by our officers, and I expect all of us to live up to them every day," Wilson said.

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