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Charges filed against FW police officer

Charges of misdemeanor assault and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes were filed against Federal Way police officer Terry Wilson on Aug. 31.

Wilson was put on administrative leave June 7 when a 17-year-old female student at Federal Way High School reported that same day that Wilson, who served as a school resource officer at the high school, allegedly made inappropriate comments and touched the teenager in a sexual nature, Police Chief Brian Wilson said.

The misconduct allegations do not appear to be in retaliation for misbehavior conducted by the teenager, Chief Wilson said.

Following the allegations, Chief Wilson requested the Renton Police Department to conduct a criminal investigation. This procedure for handling misconduct allegations against an officer is standard policy among King County police departments, Chief Wilson said.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation and referred the matter to the prosecuting attorney at Auburn. This prosecutor filed charges against officer Terry Wilson.

Federal Way Police Department began its own investigation of the allegations on Aug. 31, Chief Wilson said. Generally, internal investigations are completed within 30 days, he said.

“We are committed to a thorough and comprehensive review of these allegations,” Chief Wilson said.

At the conclusion of the police department’s investigation, it will be determined if officer Terry Wilson will continued to be employed at the Federal Way Police Department, Chief Wilson said. Until this time, officer Wilson will remain on administrative leave. Officer Wilson has no history of prior discipline or any complaint history in his five years serving in the Federal Way Police Department.

The police department has already started preparing another officer to serve as a school resource officer at Federal Way High School, Chief Wilson said.

The police department is taking the allegations against officer Wilson seriously, Chief Wilson said.

“The public’s trust is very important to us,” he said.

Slow down near schools:

The Federal Way Police Department’s traffic unit will begin speed enforcement in designated school zones on Sept. 4 when children return to Federal Way schools.

The department plans on providing ongoing speed enforcement in school zones throughout the city, Traffic Lieutenant Connie Shupp said. New state legislation dictates that those speeding in a school zone could face citations ranging from $189 for traveling at one to five mph over the speed limit, to $784 for traveling at 36 mph, or more, over the speed limit, Shupp said.

Officers patrol school zones every morning when school is in session, she said. Regardless, people do not seem to be slowing down in the zones, she said.

“We have had people go through (school zones) at 40 miles per hour plus,” Shupp said.

School bond:

The Federal Way School Board is seeking members for an oversight committee for construction on a $149 million bond. Committee members would meet once a month for at least four years.

For more information, e-mail Superintendent Tom Murphy at tmurphy@fwps.org.

Long-term care helpers:

The King County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers in the Federal Way area to help ensure proper care of local elderly residents. Volunteers advocate on behalf of residents in long-term care facilities, and commit to visiting an assigned facility for four hours a week. The next training dates are Sept. 10, 13, 17 and 18 at the Federal Way Meeting Space and Conference Center, 31919 6th Ave. S. Training runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. To learn more, call (206) 694-6703, e-mail maryf@solid-ground.org or visit www.ltcop.org.

Top Toastmaster:

DeBorah A. Little, immediate past president of the Federal Way Toastmasters Club and past Area 42 Governor, has been elected by her peers to serve as Division D Governor in District 32 of Toastmasters International. As Division D Governor, Little is responsible for assisting with the growth and success of 17 Toastmasters clubs located in Federal Way, Auburn, Des Moines, Puyallup, Enumclaw and other surrounding areas with about 330 members. Her term in office runs July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop and practice communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. To learn more, contact Little at (253) 335-0229 or dalittle73@msn.com.

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