Sheriff’s deputy won’t be charged in alleged assault of his wife

  • By Eric Stevick and Diana Hefley Herald Writers
  • Friday, April 22, 2011 12:01am
  • Local NewsEverett

EVERETT — Prosecutors have declined to file any charges against a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy arrested earlier this year for investigation of assaulting his wife.

Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Paul Stern reviewed the sheriff’s investigation into the allegations against deputy Rex

Haunold.

The deputy was arrested in January in connection with an off-duty incident.

“It was a very thorough investigation. In the end, there’s insufficient admissible evidence for us to proceed,” Stern said.

The deputy remains on paid administrative leave, sheriff’s Lt. Kathi Lang said Thursday.

“We are now conducting an internal investigation related to potential violations of any office policies and procedures, and we do not comment on active investigations,” Lang said.

In January, the sheriff’s office said the deputy’s wife told a family friend, who also is a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy, that there was an incident between her and her husband at their house and that he had put a knife to her throat.

The woman reported she was scratched but not otherwise injured. She left the house after that, but did not call police, the sheriff’s office reported.

The deputy who spoke with the woman reported what he’d been told to others at the sheriff’s office.

Hanould has been on the force for four years.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com.

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