Sergeant facing prosecution in prostitution case resigns

EVERETT — A Snohomish County sheriff’s sergeant who faces criminal prosecution for his ties to an alleged bikini-barista prostitution ring has resigned, officials said Tuesday.

Darrell O’Neill, 58, was arrested in June for investigation of promoting prostitution and official misconduct. Everett police allege that he was tipping off the coffee stands’ owners to undercover operations in exchange for sexual favors.

O’Neill submitted his resignation in writing Tuesday.

“Our internal investigation ends the minute that person separates from employment,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. “We just close it out.”

Several women also were arrested in the case on suspicion of prostitution-related offenses. One of them, Carmela Panico, had ties to a Seattle crime family who, before their demise, operated Snohomish County’s last strip club along Highway 99, according to police records.

Federal prosecutors closed Honey’s, which was owned by the Colacurcio family, after an investigation found rampant prostitution activity.

A criminal investigation by the Everett Police Department is ongoing. O’Neill’s law enforcement authority was suspended after his arrest. He also was placed on leave. He’d been with the sheriff’s office about 30 years.

O’Neill is accused of giving the baristas warnings about police investigations, including descriptions of undercover officers and cars. The women at the Java Juggs stands in Everett, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Kent are accused of using the coffee stands as “drive-through strip clubs or brothels,” according to court papers.

Court documents also say O’Neill was given sexual favors in exchange for his help.

Video surveillance shows O’Neill arriving at the stands in his uniform and patrol car. He allegedly is seen hugging and kissing several of the baristas. Investigators say he also used state computers to check the license plates of people visiting the stands.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

Talk to us

More in Local News

A worker disassembles a fluidized bed incinerator at the Edmonds Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
In Edmonds, $26M goes to a cleaner way to get rid of poop

The city will reduce its wastewater carbon footprint by dumping an incinerator and using new technology.

The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
Early maps of legislative districts endanger some incumbents

Under one redistricting proposal, Mill Creek joins Everett. Under another, Monroe joins Wenatchee.

Tuesday's career fair will be at Everett Community College, which incidentally is also one of the participants. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Snohomish County Career Fair set for Tuesday at EvCC

Job seekers can connect with more than 40 employers at this year’s annual event.

Driver who died in Everett car crash identified

Thomas Ogden, 43, was driving Tuesday morning on Rucker Avenue at 41st Street when another car crashed into his.

Granite Falls altercation: Dog killed, man shot in head

A 20-year-old man allegedly shot an intruder, 54, who threatened two people and killed their dog.

Man found dead in Mountlake Terrace homeless camp identified

Oscar Banos Mejia, 40, was discovered in the bushes along the Interurban Trail on Friday afternoon.

Police respond to a crash in which Isaiah Funden, 24, of Marysville, died after his motorcycle collided with a car Monday morning on the Snohomish River Bridge. (Everett Police Department)
Motorcyclist who died in Everett bridge crash identified

The Marysville man, 24, was involved in a collision with a car and ejected into the Snohomish River.

Callie Childers 20210921
Car of slain Marysville woman was set on fire

Her body was found along a remote stretch of U.S. 2, east of Stevens Pass. Her car was found near Snohomish.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff (center) takes a ride on light rail from the Angle Lake Station in Seatac with King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) on Sept. 21, 2016. (Ian Terry / Herald file)
CEO of fast-growing Sound Transit system to step aside

The search will begin soon to replace Peter Rogoff, who leads the multibillion-dollar transportation network.

Most Read