Cop accused of tipping bikini baristas to police investigations

KOMONEWS.com

By KOMO Staff

Published: Jun 25, 2013

EVERETT, Wash. — A sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for allegedly tipping off the owners of seven bikini barista stands to scheduled police surveillance.

As a part of the investigation, eight others involved with the bikini stands in question were arrested on accusations of prostitution and lewd conduct, said Deputy Chief Dan Templeman with the Everett Police Department.
Cop accused of tipping bikini baristas to police investigations
The investigation began about 3½ months ago in the aftermath of a Kent police operation that culminated in the arrest of two employees at a bikini barista stand for lewd conduct.
While interviewing those detained, detectives learned sergeant Darrell O’Neill with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office was tipping workers as to when it was safe to “put on a show,” police said.

“He was providing law-enforcement sensitive information on when undercover operations were being conducted and even some of the makes and models of an undercover vehicle,” Templeman said.

One barista, in court documents, told investigators she allegedly saw O’Neill having sex inside one of the stands, but Everett police say they never witnessed that during their surveillance. But they stress its investigation is far from over.

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