Colville policeman pleads guilty to handcuffing women, having sex on duty

Rex Newport

COLVILLE — City police officer Rex Newport today pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after several women accused him of sexual misconduct while on duty.

According to charging papers, the first woman to come forward reported being sexually assaulted by Newport at her apartment in March 2013. The woman reported he handcuffed her and then later had sexual intercourse with her.

The woman went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination and reported the incident to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court documents, after the first woman reported her encounter with Newport, several other women reported Newport had also made sexual advances toward them while on duty.

The Sheriff's Office included documentation of four other women who were targeted.

Since the Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office worked with Newport on criminal cases, the Attorney General’s Office was asked to handle any charging decisions or prosecution. The Attorney General’s Office filed charges on behalf of the Stevens County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct. 4, 2013.

Newport pleaded guilty to:

“The Attorney General’s Office appreciates the opportunity to work with the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office to bring Mr. Newport to justice,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said .

The standard sentencing range for the felonies is 22-29 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 1.

Newport was also previously accused of using excessive force while arresting a pilot who crash-landed his airplane on the city airport runway.

Pilot George Thomas sued the city and Newport in federal court after the policeman was placed on administrative leave in the sexual misconduct case.

already on paid administrative leave from the department while sexual misconduct allegations against him are investigated, records show.

The lawsuit claimed Newport roughed up Thomas , who was arrested for obstruction charge.

The arrest was later dismissed, records show.

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