Former deputy Darrion Holiwell fired by King County Sheriff John Urquhart

King County Sheriff John Urquhart fired former deputy Darrion Holiwell Tuesday.

Holiwell, a King County Sheriff’s Office deputy assigned to the Ravensdale firing range, was arrested June 19 and charged with three felonies.

He is in the King County jail with bail set at $150,000.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges at a June 24 arraignment hearing.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office charged the 49-year-old Holiwell with one count of promoting prostitution, second degree, one count of first degree theft and one count of selling a controlled substance, steroids.

King County Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers denied a petition by Holiwell’s attorney to reduce bail at the arraignment hearing.

Holiwell had been a deputy since 1995, was the chief firearms instructor assigned to the Ravensdale firing range and a member of the King County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team or SWAT.

In a release sent Tuesday from the sheriff's office, Urquhart said, “Darrion Holiwell violated his oath, the trust of his fellow deputies, and the trust of the citizens of King County. He does not deserve to be a police officer."

Holiwell has been on administrative leave since the investigation into his activities began in late April.

According to Urquhart, the criminal investigation is continuing, both inside and outside the sheriff's office.  Additional charges are possible, both for Holiwell and others.  A parallel administrative investigation is on-going and involves several members of the sheriff's office.


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