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Ephrata man faces assault charge after alleged inappropriate contact with MP’s daughter | Columbia Basin

EPHRATA — According to a probable cause affidavit released by the Ephrata Police Department, an Ephrata man is charged with having inappropriate contact with the daughter-in-law of a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy.

On August 6, 2022, the deputy’s neighbors were having a birthday party at their home in Ephrata; the deputy and his family were invited as guests.

According to the affidavit, as the night progressed, a grown man who lived in the residence hosting the party became drunk. At one point, the man allegedly touched the MP’s daughter-in-law inappropriately; the victim is a minor.

The deputy and his wife, the girl’s mother, who had left the residence for a short time, returned. The deputy, who was off duty, became aggressive with the man who allegedly touched his daughter-in-law. Police were called and Ephrata Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Due to a conflict of interest, the Ephrata police were asked to lead the investigation. After several days of investigation and the victim’s forensic interview with Kids Hope, Ephrata Police believe probable cause was warranted to recommend a charge of 4th degree sexually motivated assault against the assailant. presumed.

Initially, there were rumors that the deputy had a physical altercation at the party, but testimonies indicated otherwise.

The Grant County prosecutor is currently reviewing the case to determine whether to formally charge the alleged assailant.