March 10, 2009 in City

Charges dropped against deputy accused of prowling

By The Spokesman-Review

Resisting arrest and obstruction of justice charges have been dropped against a veteran Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant.

Sgt. Pete Bunch was arrested Feb. 6 after a woman reported him prowling in her yard in the 3200 block of Marie Court. He refused to comply with police commands and was taken into custody.

The misdemeanor charges were dismissed without prejudice, said Spokane City Prosecutor Jim Bledsoe. If there’s new evidence presented, that could change.

“It was not a knee-jerk decision,” Bledsoe said. “It was a matter of prosecutorial discretion.”

Bunch has been with the sheriff’s office for more than 30 years. During a majority of the investigation, he’s been working a desk job rather than his regular duty on patrol.

An internal affairs investigation into the sergeant’s actions is underway, officials said.

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