Deputy's stops at West Plains home spark investigation

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 3:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Deputy Todd Saunders with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was placed on administrative leave in March after allegations surfaced from a citizen that he had inappropriate on-duty behavior.

Officials said they received a tip that Saunders was frequently at a home in the West Plains area while on-duty. A woman who lives at that home was not cooperating with the investigation according to officials.

The allegations surfaced from a neighbor who flagged down another deputy. The neighbor said they had noticed a patrol car parked for hours on end on multiple occasions at the home.

KREM 2 News is told that the home does not belong to Saunders. Officials also said the woman at the home told her children not to cooperate in the Internal Affairs investigating.

“It makes it harder to find out what's going on at the house. It raises all kinds of red flags because no one will talk about what's going on,” said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. “He was supposed to be out there doing his job. We don't pay people to take extended breaks at other people's homes.”

Witnesses said Saunders would sometimes hide his car in the woman’s garage.

The Sheriff said investigators were still tallying up how much time Saunders allegedly spent at the woman’s home while on duty. Some witnesses said there was one week where Saunders was over every single night. Saunders had yet to be interviewed by Internal Affairs investigators on Monday.

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