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Colville police officer pleads guilty to felony charges

Rex Newport faces up to 29 months at sentencing on April 1

COLVILLE, Wash. - A Colville police officer has pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges and is now facing up to 29 months in prison.

The Washington State Attorney General's office confirmed Officer Rex Newport has pleaded guilty to residential burglary, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial sexual misconduct, making false statements to the public and official misconduct.

Because several of the felonies were of a sexual nature, including imprisonment with sexual motivation and custodial sexual misconduct, Newport will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

According to charging documents, in March 2013 a woman claimed Newport handcuffed her and had sexual intercourse with her. She later went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination and reported the incident to the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.

The attorney general's office handled the prosecution of Newport, a veteran police officer, because he had worked extensively with the Stevens County Prosecutor's Office on a number of criminal cases during his career.

Newport was placed on leave early last year after an investigation was launched by the police department and was subsequently turned over to the Stevens County Sheriff's Office for independent review. He was placed on unpaid leave, though when contacted Tuesday, officials in Colville refused to confirm his current employment status with the Colville Police Department.

The standard range of sentencing on the charges he's facing him is 22 to 29 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 1.