SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has recommended charges against a Spokane Police officer accused of domestic violence Tuesday.
Back in July, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office was sent to the home of Officer John Scott for a domestic violence assault investigation. Deputies arrested Scott for one count of assault domestic violence in the fourth degree. Prosecutors said he was arrested after a fight over a cell phone and a push, but the police report details much more than a fight over a cell phone. They decided to drop the charges against Scott due to a lack of information to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Scott committed a crime.
Even though the charges were dropped, detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office continued to look into the case and the Spokane Police Department started an internal affairs investigation to see if Scott violated any department policies. Scott has been on paid administrative leave since the night of his arrest.
SCSO leaders said within a few days of the charges being dropped, a detective reviewed the Lethality Assessment Card which provided additional information regarding the history of domestic violence incidents between Scott and the victim. Officials said the Lethality Assessment Card is a domestic screening process designed to help identify and assess the risk of a victim’s potential danger of being seriously injured or killed by an intimate partner.
Authorities have recommended three new charges of fourth degree assault domestic violence and one count of unlawful imprisonment. Officials said two of the fourth degree assault charges stem from incidents on August 16, 2016 and April 3, 2017 that were not previously reported to the sheriff’s office. They said the unlawful imprisonment charge also stemmed for an incident on April 3, 2017 that was not reported to law enforcement. The third assault charge was from the incident where Scott was arrested, according to authorities.
Detectives forwarded their finding to the prosecutor’s office on Monday for review.