News

Officer must quit law enforcement after guilty plea

Former Federal Way police officer Terry Wilson pleaded guilty Oct. 23 to assault in the fourth degree, pertaining to his inappropriate touching of a student at Federal Way High School in June 2007.

Wilson, who served as a public resource officer at the school, was put on a two-year probation by Federal Way Municipal Court judge Colleen Hartl. Wilson will not serve time in jail if he avoids violating the law during his probation period, according to Wilson’s plea statement.

However, he must pay the court $1,000 in fines, assessments and criminal conviction fees, resign from his position with the Federal Way Police Department, relinquish his right to serve as a law enforcement officer in any jurisdiction, and refrain from contacting the female victim in this case, according to the statement.

In exchange for pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault, the Federal Way Municipal Court agreed to drop the charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to Wilson’s plea agreement.

The maximum sentence Wilson could have faced was one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, according to the plea statement

Officer Wilson was accused June 2 of inappropriately touching

and making remarks toward the 17-year-old female Federal Way High School student victim. Wilson served as a school resource officer at the school for the past four years.

On two occasions, Wilson allegedly told the female student he had a dream about her, one of the dreams being of a sexual nature, according to court documents. Wilson allegedly touched or rubbed the student’s legs, commenting on how “smooth” or “nice” they were on five separate occasions, and also touched her breast on one occasion, according to court documents.

The student’s allegations came to police attention on June 2, after she confided in a police officer who attended her church. Subsequent conversations with the student followed before the officer reported the allegations to her superiors on June 8, according to court documents.

The accusations were followed by an investigation by the Renton Police Department, followed by an internal investigation. Police Chief Brian Wilson, of no relation, also put Officer Wilson on administrative leave immediately following the accusations.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Nov 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates