Federal Way

Federal Way police officer resigns amid sex scandal

Federal Way police officer resigns amid sex scandal
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- A Federal Way police officer with a troubled history is now off the job and could potentially face criminal charges after being accused of sexual harassment.

Officer Ashley Crispin is accused of making sexual advances toward a woman he met while responding to a call in April, according to internal police documents.

He allegedly sent the woman several lewd photos via text message. The woman eventually told a Lynnwood police officer about the incident, who then reported Crispin to Federal Way authorities.

An internal investigation in April cleared Crispin because the woman refused to give detectives a statement about the incident. But several months later, documents show that Crispin filed his own complaint saying the alleged victim was now harassing him.

That's when the woman came forward and agreed to speak with police and show them the photos Crispin sent to her.

Detectives re-opened the investigation, which led to Crispin resigning from the force, according to documents.

"This is unfortunate," said Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson. "We are very disappointed, and it does not reflect the character of the police department and the character and integrity and tremendous work done in this community."

April's incident wasn't the first time Crispin was at the center of an internal investigation. Back in 2009 the officer was disciplined for trying to start a relationship with a young woman who was participating in a law enforcement career program.

Police on Wednesday also announced that a potential new victim had come forward. Officials wouldn't give specifics on that case, but they say they will investigate the claim.

Crispin also made headlines recently involving another investigation. He was one of the officers involved in a violent arrest that left a woman beaten and bruised.

An internal investigation into that case found Crispin's use of force was justified.