As we noted earlier today, the Washington State Patrol launched an investigation of Seattle Assistant Police Chief Mike Sanford after allegations of official misconduct surfaced and were reported to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a letter sent to Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste from the King County Prosecutor's Office and Chief Criminal Deputy Mark Larson, after analyzing the investigation's findings, "The State Patrol uncovered no evidence to support a conclusion that there was a criminal law violation," by Sanford.
According to the letter (posted below), the three complaints referred to the Justice Department and investigated by the Washington State Patrol were whether Sanford exerted undue influence at the scene of a traffic accident involving a family member (according to the original story in the Seattle Times, his daughter), whether Sanford exerted undue influence when selecting materials to be included in a promotional exam, and whether Sanford exerted undue influence while soliciting donations to the Special Olympics from SPD employees.
The letter states that the completed investigative materials were sent to the King County Prosecutor's Office yesterday, with Chief Criminal Deputy Mark Larson reviewing them and reaching the conclusion that there was no proof of official misconduct.
From the letter:
The office's review is limited to the question of criminal liability on these three matters. The primary question was whether there was proof of Official Misconduct. "A public servant is guilty of official misconduct if, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a lawful right or privilege (a) he intentionally commits an unauthorized act under color of law ..." RCW 9A.80.010. Official misconduct is a gross misdemeanor. The State Patrol uncovered no evidence to support a conclusion that there was a criminal law violation.
Read the full letter on the next page ...
A letter sent today to Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste from the King County Prosecutor's Office and Chief Criminal Deputy Mark Larson analyzing the findings of the investigation of Sanford: