Several women and a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office sergeant were arrested Tuesday following a raid of seven latte stands in Snohomish and King counties.
The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sergeant Darrell O'Neill, a 30-year veteran of the department, was arrested for conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct. Sgt. O'Neill was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest and his law enforcement authority was suspended.
Everett Police Department spokesman Aaron Snell confirmed six of the stands raided were located in Everett and one in Kent. The women are suspected of lewd conduct and prostitution. KING 5 has learned one of the women arrested is the owner of the seven espresso stands.
According the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, a local law enforcement agency notified them of possible criminal activities conducted by a sheriff's oficer. The sheriff's office immediately contacted Everett police and requested a criminal investigation.
An internal investigation will begin on the alleged activities of Sgt. O'Neill once the criminal investigation is completed by Everett police detectives.
More to follow.