Former Edmonds police officer Daniel Lavely was sentenced Monday to one year in jail for having sex with a woman he had taken into custody. Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis refused to let Lavely remain free pending appeal, and he was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Lavely was convicted in August of sexual misconduct for having sex with a woman he had detained while on duty in May 2012. The woman testified that Lavely detained her in a motel room and drove her to a deserted Highway 99 parking lot near the Burlington Coat Factory where they engaged in sex. Lavely then lied to police dispatchers and others about his whereabouts to cover up his crime. After deliberating for two-and-a-half days, the jurors voted to convict Lavely of first-degree sexual misconduct. Under Washington State law (RCW 9A.44.160), it is a class C felony for a police officer to have sex with a person in custody. (See article here.)
In her sentencing decision on Monday, Judge Ellis stressed that Lavely’s crime involved more than just sex. She sternly rebuked him for exploiting a vulnerable woman, and then purposely lying to cover up his crimes.
Calling this an abuse of his position and a disgrace to his profession, she sentenced him to one year in jail, the maximum allowed by law.