SEATTLE — A King County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of helping his wife start a prostitution business, as well as stealing ammunition from the Sheriff’s Office firing range and dabbling in a number of illegal drugs.
Seattle resident Darrion Holiwell, 49, is being held in King County Jail on $150,000 bail. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and was a member of the department’s SWAT unit and its chief firearms instructor until his arrest.
According to the charges filed Thursday in King County Superior, Holiwell has been violating the public trust and the law for years, with the charging documents stating he “displays a high level of disdain for the very law he has sworn to uphold.”
Note that the corruption was not exposed by an Internal Affairs investigation. It came to light during divorce proceedings. And the divorce happened because Holiwell slept with a friend of his then-wife. Had the corrupt officer only stayed away from his wife’s close friends, it seems like the corruption would have persisted for many more years.