Trial begins in Edmonds police officer sex case

EVERETT, Wash. - The lawyer for a former Edmonds police officer accused of having sex with a woman in his custody says he'll testify in his own defense.

The lawyer for Daniel Lavely told jurors he wants to set the record straight. Attorney Bradley Johnson says the woman was high on drugs and propositioned Lavely then later accused him to "further her self interests." She has previous convictions for theft, possession of stolen property and making a false statement.

The Daily Herald reports the trial began Tuesday in Everett.

The 48-year-old Lavely is charged with custodial sexual misconduct for the encounter last year with the 28-year-old woman. He resigned in January after nearly eight years on the force.

A Snohomish County deputy prosecutor told jurors that Lavely abused his authority to take advantage of a homeless, drug-addicted woman.

According to the official police investigation, Lavely initially stopped the 28-year-old Seattle woman for jaywalking on Highway 99 in Edmonds on May 6, 2012.

The woman was released shortly afterward, but she was contacted again by Lavely later that evening on an unrelated call. This time, Lavely allegedly took temporary custody of the woman, put her in his patrol car and drove her to a remote location where the two had sexual intercourse, according to the investigation.

The woman reported the incident to law enforcement a few days later.