Police chief issues statement after former officer convicted of rape

SPOKANE, Wash - Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl issued a statement Wednesday, moments after a former police sergeant was convicted of raping a fellow officer.

After a very short deliberation, a jury convicted Gordon Ennis of second degree rape. He was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow officer at a house party in 2015.

The victim is still employed by the Spokane Police Department. 

Here's Chief Meidl's statement: 

"Foremost as a department, we will continue to support the officer involved and ensure she has all available resources to assist her on both a personal and professional level. She is a valuable member of our agency and we will ensure that we do everything in our power to help her in the healing process. 

This has been a difficult time for everyone - those directly involved, their families and friends, our community and our department. The serious impact this incident investigation and trial has had cannot be disregard or minimized. 

We have confidence and respect for due process of the criminal justice system. With that said, we will not be able to comment further as we know an appeals process could follow after today's guilty verdict."