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Walla Walla Officer Accused of Molesting Minor in Patrol Car

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A Walla Walla police officer was arrested today after an investigation into allegations that he had sex with an underage girl in his patrol car while on duty.

38-year-old Raymond M. Clayton, who has been with the department since 2000, was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail for investigation of third-degree child molestation. He was later released without bail pending filing of formal charges.

Prosecutor Jim Nagle says the case, which was investigated by the Kennewick Police Department, will be turned over to the state attorney general's office for prosecution to avoid conflicts of interest.

Walla Walla Police Chief Chuck Fulton said the arrest grew out of an investigation into allegations that Clayton, who is married, was involved in inappropriate conduct with as many as five women while working night patrols several years ago.

During their investigation, Kennewick police detectives learned of an encounter with a 15-year-old girl in Clayton's patrol vehicle while it was parked in a church parking lot sometime around April 2002. Fulton says she is now 20 and lives out of state.

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