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Spokane Officer recharged with domestic violence after further investigation

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Police Officer whose domestic violence charge was originally dropped has been recharged, and the Spokane Sheriff's Office is requesting that two additional assault charges be added against him.

Officer John Scott was originally placed on administrative leave after being arrested on July 10, 2017, for one count of assault fourth degree domestic violence.

The charge against Officer Scott was originally dismissed due to lack of information to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Scott committed a crime. However, the same day the charges were dismissed, Domestic Violence Detective Mike Ricketts began to review the incident. He reviewed additional information about the history of domestic violence incidents between Scott and the victim.

Ricketts was concerned with what he found, and notified officials at the Spokane Police Department, and continued the investigation.

Ricketts forward his findings to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for their review on Monday. In his Affidavit of Facts, he recommends Scott be charged with the following:

    -Assault 4th Degree from an incident on August 16, 2016 (previously unreported to SCSO).
    -Assault 4th Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment from an incident on April 3, 2017 (previously unreported to SCSO).
    -Assault 4th Degree for the incident that Scott was originally arrested for on July 10,2017.

The prosecutor is in the process of reviewing these recommendations and the previously concluded investigation.