King County Deputy Arrested On Prostitution, Drug Charges

holiwellProsecutors have charged a King County sheriff's deputy with promoting prostitution, theft and selling steroids. Seattle resident Darrion Holiwell, 49, is being held in King County Jail on $150,000 bail. He has been charged with one count of second-degree promoting prostitution, one count of first degree theft and one count of violation of the uniform controlled substance act.

He has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1995 and was a member of the department's SWAT unit and its chief firearms instructor until his arrest.

Charging documents say the 49-year-old SWAT team member knowingly advanced and profited from the prostitution of his wife. Sheriff John Urquhart said Thursday that Holiwell set up his estranged wife as an escort, paid for ads and kept most of the proceeds. He said Holiwell took metal brass and ammunition from the range where he worked and sold it to create "a slush fund" to "trick out" weapons.

It was not immediately clear whether Holiwell had a lawyer representing him.

Three deputies are on paid administrative leave while the sheriff's office investigates.

SEATTLE (AP) – June 20, 2014 IMAGE/ King County Deputy Darrion Keith Holiwell (Credit: KING via Facebook for Holiwell's business)