Colville Police Officer Rex Newport plead not guilty to sexual misconduct, wrongful imprisonment, and a slew of other charges in Stevens County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Newport has been charged with seven criminal counts, including four felonies, stemming from a string of alleged on-duty sexual encounters with women dating back to 2011.
Judge Pat Monasmith is presiding over the case with Colville attorney Liam Golden serving as Newportâ€™s defense and Melanie Tratnik of the Washington State Attorney Generalâ€™s office leading prosecution.
Newport, 45, has been formally accused of first-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment, custodial sexual misconduct and making false or misleading statements to a public servant, according to documents filed in Stevens County Superior Court. Newportâ€™s alleged activities came to the attention of authorities after a woman claimed the 15-year veteran of the Colville Police force had sexually assaulted her at her apartment in March.
Each charge carries a maximum of life imprisonment with a $50,000 penalty. Newport has pleaded not guilty to all seven charges, several of which include a firearm enhancement since Newport was wearing his service pistol when the alleged incidents occurred.
After the arraignment, Newport was booked into Stevens County jail and then released. The court has restricted his travel within the borders of Washington State and issued a no contact order that requires him to stay away from two women who claim that Newport sexually assaulted them. Newport is also not allowed to possess firearms in compliance with court orders.
A trial date is set for Jan. 13, 2014. An Omnibus hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29, which Newport is not required to attend. A status hearing for the case will be held Nov. 12, where Newport will have to make an appearance.
â€śAll evidence has been collected and a copy has been submitted to the defense for review,â€ť said Tratnik after the arraignment. â€śThe ball is in their court now.â€ť
Newport remains on unpaid administrative leave from the Colville Police Department.