Charges: Sno. Co. Jail guard forced inmate to have sex with him

EVERETT, Wash. -- A Snohomish County Jail guard forced a female inmate to have sex with him and has a history of exchanging special privileges for sexual favors with other inmates, according to charges filed in Superior Court Thursday.

According to the charging documents, Everett resident Sean Wright forced the 35-year-old victim, who was in jail for identity theft, to perform a sexual act on him in a supply closet May 11. Wright reportedly told the crying inmate he would be fired if she told anyone and he would make her life "real hard" in the jail.

The victim was released two weeks later without reporting the incident.

Wright came under investigation that same month after an unrelated interview between the Kent Police Department and a second inmate revealed allegations of an exchange of privileges for sexual favors.

According to charging documents, female inmates would receive cookies or extra time out of their cells in exchange for letting Wright watch them shower or change their clothes.

The inmate told the investigating detective she had multiple sexual conversations with Wright, at least two sexual encounters with him, and had let him watch her shower because she wanted extra recreation time.

The investigating detective called the victim at the end of July. According to charging documents, the victim initially denied anything inappropriate had taken place, saying she didn't want anyone to lose their job.

She called the detective back a week later and admitted to the sexual encounter with Wright, according to the charging documents. She told the detective she was afraid she would get in trouble if she told anyone about it and was having nightmares and difficulty sleeping.

According to the charging documents, the victim said Wright had given her favors and told her he liked her. She said he would suggest she take showers or change in her cell so he could watch before the May 11 incident in the supply closet.

Fellow guards also had concerns about Wright's behavior, according to charging documents. They told the investigating detective Wright would take time to say goodnight to an inmate, likely the victim; he would take a long delay before allowing himself to be replaced during shift breaks; and inmates appeared uncomfortable when told he would be working shifts.

The Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office has charged Wright with custodial sexual misconduct.