Washington State Patrol employee charged with two counts of attempted child rape

Washington State Patrol

KIRKLAND, Wash. — An employee of the Washington State Patrol has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted child rape.

The Washington State Patrol has not identified the suspect or said what his role was with the agency, but said they are “shocked and deeply disappointed by these serious and significant allegations.”

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The Seattle Police Department has taken over the criminal investigation and the suspect has been immediately removed from his duties while WSP handles the administrative investigation.

“Working for WSP in any capacity is an honor and privilege and we are held by the public, our industry, and ourselves to the highest standards of behavior and trust,” the agency said in a release. “Any act that would fall beneath those standards and compromise our commitment to keeping all members of the public safe and respected is a serious betrayal of that trust.”

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