Deputy pleads innocent to sexual assault charges

"After weeks of delay, the Pierce County Prosecutor's office Tuesday charged Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff Gary Farvour with two counts of assault with sexual motivation.Farvour, 36, was placed on administrative leave earlier this year when one allegation of misconduct surfaced and another, which previously had been internally dismissed, resurfaced.Farvour pleaded innocent to the charges on Thursday, April 6.One alleged incident took place in 1998; the second, involving another victim, took place last April, according to charging documents.Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer said Tuesday that his office has opened an in-house investigation that could result in the deputy's termination.This is a sad day for all persons involved in this difficult circumstance. I am firmly committed to ensuring the highest integrity of all Sheriff's Office employees, and expect employees will be held accountable who fail to follow the law and adhere to their oaths of office, Boyer said.The Pierce County charges are criminal and carry maximum penalties of $5,000 and one year in jail each. The case was assigned to Pierce County because local authorities wish to avoid an appearance of bias, a common practice when county officials are charged with wrongdoing.Farvour was selected as deputy of the year for his strict enforcement of DUI laws in 1999. He was based in the Silverdale precinct of the Sheriff's Department.According to charging documents, Farvour stopped a woman for speeding on Aug. 21, 1998. Her driver's license was suspended and she appeared to have been drinking alcohol. Farvour administered a breath test. Then, instead of following procedure and taking the woman to the station, he offered her a ride home in the front seat of his vehicle. On the way to her house he allegedly rubbed the inside of the victim's thighs despite being told to stop. The victim said the deputy fondled her breasts and forcibly kissed her. He followed her into her house where he was told he was unwanted.He left but returned a couple of days later, saying, he just came by to say hello ... a couple days later he came to the victim's place of employment to ask for her phone number, which she refused to give him.The second charge stemmed from an incident in which Farvour allegedly pulled over another young woman for defective reverse lights. According to charging documents, Farvour allegedly told her he remembered her from a previous stop. He arrested her for driving with a suspended license and handcuffed her. The victim was wearing a skirt and when the defendant (Farvour) patted her down ... he touched her genital area ... He also put his hand on her buttocks cheek, where it lingered while he made a heavy breathing sound, according to the charging documents. Then he put her in the back seat of his patrol car. She cried. He complimented her on her hairsyle, told her she was pretty. He drove to her friend's house and released her. As she got out he said he couldn't wait to pull her over again under different circumstances.Victim number two had come forward almost immediately after the April 1999 incident. But it was dismissed because there were no witnesses and Farvour denied everything."

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