The Seattle Police Department and King County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a Washington State assistant attorney general for alleged fraud and identity theft related to several adult hookup sites.
Earlier this month, according to an SPD report, a woman told police that someone had been impersonating her online, giving out her phone number and arranging sexual encounters under her name.
According to court documents, the first incident occurred on Christmas Day 2006, when the victim received a telephone call from a Tacoma couple who claimed they had arranged a meeting on Adult FriendFinder to have sex with her. The couple told the woman that a person claiming to be her had given out her name and phone number to arrange a tryst.
Records say that between 2006 and mid-2008, the woman received between 25 and 30 phone calls from people looking for sex. The calls came from as far away as California, New York, and Florida. The callers all said someone claiming to be the victim had contacted them on AdultFriendFinder.com or Fling.com, using handles like BiseattleBi06 and Mellywood. Some of the callers said they had received photos from the impersonator, which were of someone other than the victim. Most of the accounts have been removed, but one remaining user ID on Adult FriendFinder lists the account holder as a 24-year-old Seattle woman who is "lookin' to play, willing to travel." The account also includes a picture of an unidentified young brunette.
In May 2007, five months after the calls began, the alleged victim contacted the FBI and Seattle Police Department. Authorities subpoenaed information from Adult FriendFinder and traced the accounts to a personal Comcast IP address that belongs to the assistant attorney general.
Police asked the woman if she recognized the assistant attorney general's name and she identified him as the husband of a woman she used to work with at a local news station. The victim had also lived in the same Seattle neighborhood as the assistant attorney general and his wife until 2007, when they moved outside the city. Because no charges have been filed, The Stranger is not naming anyone involved.
According to court records, the victim told police that after her former coworker and the coworker's husband moved out of her neighborhood, she still saw him walking near her home a half-dozen times, sometimes alone, sometimes with a stroller. Neighbors also told her they'd seen the man in the neighborhood.
On July 31, police searched the man's home and took 16 CDs, a flash drive, a laptop, paperwork, and three cameras.
Kristin Alexander, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, says the AG's office has been informed of the investigation but has not put the employee on leave. Alexander also says it does not appear that any state computers were used to access AdultFriendFinder.com or Fling.com.
The man being investigated has been with the attorney general's office for nine years. He did not respond to requests for comment.