FOR THE SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN A MONTH A SPOKANE
SHERIFF'S DEPUTY HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF ON-DUTY MISCONDUCT.
IN THE LATEST INCIDENT, DEPUTY TODD SAUNDERS IS SUSPECTED
OF HAVING AN AFFAIR WHEN HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PATROLLING
THE WEST PLAINS.
KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY BROKE THE STORY ON HIS TWITTER
JEFF SOMEONE LIVING NEAR CHENEY TIPPED OFF DETECTIVES
ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING?
A NEIGHBOR SAYS THESE TYRSTS HAPPENED SO OFTEN THAT
THEY ACTUALLY USED A CALENDAR TO KEEP TRACK OF SAUNDER'S
THAT PERSON GOT FED UP WITH THE DEPUTY'S BLANTANT
DISREGARD FOR HIS DUTIES AND FINALLY WENT TO THE SHERIFF'S
OFFICE WHICH IMMEDIATELY LAUNCHED AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS
DEPUTY OZZIE KNEZOVICH 04;57 the allegation is that
this particular deputy has been parking at a residence
in the county and has been staying in that residence
for extended periods of time, during his shift .
NEIGHBORS SAY SAUNDER'S WOULD SHOW UP IN HIS MARKED
PATROL CAR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
BUT THE 10 YEAR VETERAN MADE SO MANY VISITS THEY KNEW
THESE WERE NOT ROUTINE CALLS FOR SERVICE.
THE WOMAN WHO LIVES INSIDE THE HOME IS NOT SAUNDER'S
WIFE AND SO FAR NOT TOLD DETECTIVES WHAT SAUNDERS
WAS DOING THERE.
SHERIFF OZZIE 05;39 the female subject who lives at
that residence has not bee cooperative and has actually,
it appears, instructed her children not cooperate
with the investigation either 05;50
SAUNDERS HAS NOY YET BEEN INTERVIEWED BUT HIS ACTIONS
HAVE EMBARASSED HIS FELLOW DEPUTIES WHO TRY VERY HARD
TO MAINTAIN THE PUBLIC'S TRUST
08;10 the reason we are very up front and very open
with the public in these type of situations is that
the public has to trust that when we find these type
of situations that we are going to deal with them
and we do.
IN FACT IT WAS ONE OF SAUNDER'S FELLOW DEPUTIES WHO
TOOK THE NEIGHBOR'S REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES
TO THE SHERIFF'S COMMAND STAFF.
THE REALITY THAT SAUNDER'S WORKED A GRAVEYARD SHIFT
IN A REMOTE DISTRICT MADE IT EASIER FOR HIM TO CONCEAL
HIS ALLEGED ON-THE-CLOCK TRYSTS.
REPORTING IN THE NEWSROOM, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.