Washington cop accused of sexual relationship with underage transgender student
A Washington state police officer is accused of conducting a sexual relationship with an transgender teen she met through her position as a school resource officer.
Detective Dione Thompson, of Bothell police, was charged with two counts sexual misconduct with a minor after the former student, who was 17 at the time, reported the relationship to the officer’s former partner, who then notified police.
Investigators said Thompson chatted with the girl through Facebook and then began seeing her outside of school in summer 2010.
The officer eventually persuaded the student, who was undergoing personal “turmoil” at the time, to move into the home she shared with her partner.
The former student, who now identifies as a man, said Thompson ended the relationship in February 2011, but he only recently realized the harm the officer had done by misusing her power and trust.
Thompson, whose attorney said she is innocent, could face six to 12 months in jail if she is convicted.
She was placed on paid administrative leave.
Watch this video report posted online by KIRO-TV: