Former police officer pleads not guilty to misconduct charges

November 15, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2009

A former Medina police officer and Issaquah resident pleaded not guilty to official misconduct in King County Superior Court on Thursday. Authorities said Ismael Ramirez, 30, forced a woman he had ticketed to have sex with him.

The charges stem from a November 2008 incident, in which authorities said Ramirez asked a woman on a date and took her to his Issaquah Highlands residence several days after he cited her during a state Route 520 traffic stop.

Ramirez cited the woman for driving with a suspended license and possession of a small amount of marijuana, and then released her. The pair flirted, and the officer told her he could make the charges against her “go away,” court documents state. He then gave her his business card and the number for his mobile phone.

Ramirez and the woman met Dec. 5 at Joker Pub & Grill, 5614 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., and then went to his highlands residence, court documents state. The officer had told her he would provide her with a letter to take to court as part of her defense. She expected to receive the letter the night she met Ramirez, but did not, the documents continue. She told investigators how Ramirez had sex with her despite her objection, court documents state. The woman told investigators she did not want to have sex with Ramirez, but “acquiesced because she thought she had a lot to lose,” the documents said.

Ramirez later sent e-mails to Kirkland city prosecutors asking for the case to be dismissed due to a lack of evidence, court documents state. The charges against the woman were eventually dropped.

Ramirez resigned from the Medina force Oct. 17.

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