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Bonney Lake officer terminated, has filed grievance against city

By Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald

Mayor Bob Young and Chief of Police Bryan Jeter fired Officer Ken McDonough of the Bonney Lake Police Department on Oct. 29, alleging that he viewed pornographic material on a department computer and assaulted his girlfriend.

Four reasons were outlined in a termination letter signed by the mayor and chief:

€ Inappropriate use of city communications

€ Assault of private citizen

€ Retention of department property at McDonough's home

€ Unauthorized passengers in department vehicles during "ride-alongs"

The letter alleges that three pornographic files were found on a disk in a DVD-ROM drive and that the hard drive of McDonough's computer contained 89 pornographic files or programs and, "The computer's clock notations also confirm that some of this inappropriate content was obtained during your working shift."

McDonough was arrested July 28 by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office for assault in a domestic violence incident involving his live-in girlfriend Alexis Alexandria. Pierce County prosecutors charged McDonough on Oct. 7 with fourth-degree misdemeanor assault. McDonough was placed on administrative leave after being charged until he was fired this week. He has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges.

The letter stated McDonough was also dismissed for allegedly keeping 56 drug and narcotic teaching aids, "drug paraphernalia, knives, scales and measuring devices, and drug-related literature," and letting his girlfriend ride in the patrol car without approval.

The officer has filed a grievance against the city through the Bonney Lake Police Guild. Representing McDonough is Becky Gallagher of the law firm Garrettson, Goldberg, Fenrich and Makler.

"We will be going to arbitration," Gallagher said. "The Bonney Lake Police Department has a collective bargaining agreement with the city."

"I have had no indication he is fighting it, but the facts of the case are pretty clear," Young said.

The mayor reported a new officer will fill McDonough's spot will start on Dec. 1.

Dennis Box can be reached@courierherald.com

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