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Deputy terminated for having sex on duty

SPOKANE, Wash. - Deputy fired for sex on duty

A Spokane County sheriff's deputy has been fired in the wake of an internal investigation that was launched after a woman claimed to have had sex with him while he was on duty.

Deputy Scott Kenoyer was terminated, effective Thursday.

The internal investigation into Kenoyer's actions came as a result of a separate criminal investigation into the actions of former Spokane Police Officer Jeff Graves. The same woman was involved in both the Graves and Kenoyer investigations.

Kenoyer, when contacted by investigators, admitted that he had sex while he was on duty.

During a meeting held between Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, the Deputy Sheriff's Association, Kenoyer and Spokane County Labor Relations Director Tim O'Brien, Knezovich offered him an agreement that would terminate his employment but then reinstate his employment under strict, specific conditions that would allow him to keep his job.

Knezovich, according to a news release, offered him the last-chance agreement because Kenoyer had been upfront and honest about his actions.

Kenoyer and the Deputy Sheriff's Association refused to sign the agreement because they felt his firing was too severe for his actions and objected to the word termination in the agreement. This left the sheriff no choice but to terminate him.

Kenoyer was originally hired to work for the Spokane County Jail in September 1998 and subsequently transferred to the patrol division in September 2002.