Walla Walla Police Chief Speaks Out About Officer Arrested for Child Molestation
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A Walla Walla Police Officer found himself on the other side of the law Tuesday morning after he was arrested for third-degree child molestation.
38-year-old Raymond M. Clayton is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl inside his patrol car while on duty five years ago. He is also accused of sexual misconduct with five other women over the last several years.
Walla Walla Police Chief Chuck Fulton said the accusation came to light sometime between July 16th-20th, 2007. He said Clayton was suspended from the department July 24th. Kennewick Detectives were asked to conduct an investigation into the situation. Detectives arrested Clayton July 31st after there was reportedly enough probable cause to charge him with third degree child molestation.
Fulton said, "In my 24 years of working as Chief I have never had to deal with anything quit like this. It's a shock. I was hoping I would never have to deal with something like this."
It was an announcement that came as a shock to many that live in the small college town of 30,000 that is known for its onions and wineries.
Fulton said, "We take this very seriously. We will not tolerate it. We are going to get to the bottom of this and deal with it and make sure it never happens again."
Fulton apologized and said it is not just an embarrassment to the department, but the community as a whole and should never have happened.
Kennewick Detectives said this investigation will continue and Fulton asked anyone with information about the case to contact authorities.
Clayton was booked into Walla Walla Jail, but was later released without bail pending formal charges.