EDMONDS – A former Edmonds police officer will be spending a year behind bars, after he was convicted of having sex in his patrol car with a woman he had detained. This, according to the Seattle Times.
Daniel Lavely, 48, was convicted of custodial sexual misconduct last month.
The newspaper reports the judge told him he had disgraced his profession by exploiting a vulnerable woman. Lavely resigned from his job as a cop in January. He had been with the Edmonds Police Department for eight years.
According to the Times, Lavely first stopped the 28-year-old Seattle woman after she jaywalked across Highway 99 in Edmonds in May 2012. The next day, he ran into her again, as he responded to a call about her running away from the emergency room at Swedish Medical Center in Edmonds. He found her at a nearby motel and put her in the back of his cruiser.
Court documents say he then drove her to the back of a poorly lit parking lot and forced her into having sex. Though she was not handcuffed at the time, she was detained, under arrest, and in his custody.
Lavely must register as a sex offender and remain under supervision for a year after his release.