SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--The Spokane County Sheriff fired a deputy Thursday who admitted to having sex with a woman while he was on duty. The same woman was also connected recently to a former officer of the Spokane Police Department.
Deputy Scott Kenoyer’s termination was effective immediately according to authorities.
Sheriff’s Office employees conducted an internal investigation into his conduct when a woman claimed that she had sex with Kenoyer while he was on duty. The Sheriff's Office said Kenoyer was only out of service for approximately nine minutes when the sex occurred. Kenoyer reportedly admitted to the on duty sex to Internal Affairs investigators. The investigation stemmed from a previous criminal investigation done by the Sheriff's Office and Spokane Police Department involving former Spokane Police Officer Jeff Graves.
Officer Graves resigned from the Spokane Police Department in June amid accusations that he was stalking the woman. The Spokane County Prosecutor decided not charge Graves in August. He said that Graves and his accuser connected on Facebook and eventually met in person. Lawyers said their two-week affair consisted of more than 4,000 text messages. Investigators found that about 3,000 of the messages were from the woman.
Spokane County Sheriff Knezovich met with Deputy Kenoyer on Thursday and representatives from the Deputy Sheriff's Association. Knezovich offered Deputy Kenoyer a Last Chance Agreement. The agreement stated that Kenoyer would be reinstated into the SCSO under strict and specific conditions.
The Deputy Sheriff's Association and Kenoyer refused to sign the last chance agreement. Kenoyer rejected that deal saying he felt the punishment was already too severe for the offense.
SCSO said Kenoyer was not placed on administrative leave during this investigation. He was already on medical leave. KREM 2 also learned the woman in this case was not cooperative during the investigation into Kenoyer. Knezovich said he had no other option but to terminate Deputy Kenoyer without an agreement.
Kenoyer was hired in the jail September 1998 and transferred to the patrol division in September 2002 according to SCSO leaders.