State appeals court upholds ex-officer's conviction in custodial sex case

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EDMONDS, Washington — The state appellate court has upheld the conviction of a former Edmonds, Washington, police officer found guilty of having sex with a woman in his custody.

A Snohomish County jury in 2013 convicted Daniel Lavely of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

The Daily Herald ( reports Lavely appealed, saying there wasn't enough evidence to prove he had detained the woman.

Jurors found him guilty of having sex with a woman he had escorted out of a motel room and placed in his patrol car. Lavely testified at trial and denied having sex with the woman, but said she propositioned him while she was in his patrol car.

The state Court of Appeals said prosecutors produced sufficient evidence to prove detention.

Information from: The Daily Herald,

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