A Seattle officer has been charged with illegal drug possession and computer trespass stemming from his relations with a stripper and ties to a local news anchor.
47-year-old Robert Marlow was arrested after sharing drugs with his stripper girlfriend and leaking personal information on crimes victims (pulled from a restricted computer) to Q13 Fox News anchor David Rose.
Marlow was discovered after Rose sourced Marlow as the presenter of information, resulting in an investigation by both SPD and the FBI. Rose insisted he was simply doing his due diligence as a reporter by naming Marlow.
Marlow pleaded not guilty to his charges, which include one count of violating the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (a felony) and one count of second-degree computer trespass. He reportedly plans to plead guilty to gross misdemeanors under amended charges next week.
“This is something he is not running away from,” attorney Nelson Lee said, noting that Marlow Has a drug problem and is undergoing treatment.
Marlow has been a police officer since 1999 and has been on paid administrative leave since last year.
Marlow’s girlfriend was selling narcotics in the strip club, leading detectives to buy heroin from her twice while undercover. Informants reported that the dancer agreed to sell more heroin in 2016 and even offered to perform a sex act for money.
The dancer would later plead guilty to conspiracy charges and out Marlowe as a drug user. Following the issuance of a search warrant, traces of several types of drugs were found at his apartment.
According to the Seattle Times, the Seattle PD Office of Professional Accountability has opened an internal investigation of Marlow, though it is currently on hold until the resolution of criminal case results.
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