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Rapist who posed as cop gets 5 years

A Spokane man who posed as a police officer and raped a 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Christopher M. Clough, 30, has been in jail since his arrest last September after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in Corbin Park after stopping her as she walked on Monroe Street about 1 a.m.

The woman was carrying a cup of alcohol; she told police Clough threatened to arrest her for underage drinking if she didn't have sex with him.

Clough pleaded guilty this week to third-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and first-degree criminal impersonation.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 264 days served. He's also required to pay $816 restitution.

Fake cop probed after crash, drugging

Detectives are looking for other potential victims of a Spokane man accused of drugging a woman and falsely portraying himself as a Coeur d'Alene police officer to another.

Terence M. Washington, 36, who is out of jail on bond, was first contacted by police after he rear ended another motorist at 16th Avenue and Progress Road on Feb. 7 and demanded to be taken to jail because he was drunk, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today. He provided a Florida driver's license that police say was suspended.

Police contacted the owner of the Mitsubishi Washington was driving, who told them Washington lived with her and that he had been sleeping all day “and felt very drowsy as if she had been drugged,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. The woman said she was missing a bottle containing 13 Ambien tablets and gave police a cup of water from which she said Washington had forced her to drink.

A tow truck driver found an empty bottle of Ambien near the crash scene. Washington's passenger told police she'd met him on the dating website PlentyofFish.com and that he'd identified himself as a Coeur d'Alene police officer “who was in the process of being hired by the U.S. Marshal’s Office,” Reagan said.

Jail staff found 10 Ambien tablets in Washington's jacket. Toxicology tests showed traces of Ambien in the cup of water the Mitsubishi owner provided to police.

The woman said Washington recommended she get an Ambien prescription to help her sleep. She said she allowed Washington to stay one night at her home after meeting him at Oz Fitness and that he'd refused to leave.

Police booked the suspect on a fourth-degree assault charge after finding evidence that he'd beaten the woman, Reagan said. Washington also faces drunken driving and driving while suspended charges for the crash, and police are recommending he also be charged with delivery of a controlled substance for drugging the woman, Reagan said.

Detectives are concerned Washington may have drugged other women after claiming to be a police officer. They urge anyone who's had contact with him to call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-3786.

Washington posted $5,000 bond Feb. 9.

An arraignment scheduled for Feb. 16 was stricken because prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

5 women report run-ins with fake cop

Authorities are warning of a police imposter who is targeting women near the Gonzaga University campus.

After a student told police she’d been pulled over last week by a uniformed man who claimed to be a police officer, four other women reported similar incidents, including one in north Spokane and one in the lower Logan Neighborhood.

No violence has been reported, but police are concerned the man’s behavior may escalate, said Tom Michaud, crime analyst for the Spokane Police Department.

Read my full story here.

GU students warned of police imposter

Gonzaga University is warning students of a police imposter after a man impersonated an officer stopped a student near campus.

The man was wearing a dark blue uniform and told the woman she had failed to yield to pedestrians after he stopped her about 3:15 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cincinnati and Desmet.

He asked for her identification and had the woman open her glove compartment and trunk before leaving. The student reported the incident to Spokane police. The man was driving a tan Cadillac Escalade with Washington plates. The Cadillac had red and blue flashing lights across the top of the windshield, but no other police markings.

Gonzaga security reminded students in an email Wednesday to pull over in a visible location and to call 911 for verification of an officer’s identity if suspicious.

The impostor is described as a white man in his early 40s, 5-foot-11 with a medium build and buzzed blond hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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