Bothell police detective pleads not guilty to sexual misconduct with minor

SEATTLE -- A Bothell police detective pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of sexual misconduct with a former Bothell High School student while she was serving as a school resource officer there.

Dione E. Thompson, 45, of Seattle, was charged last Thursday with two counts of first-degree sexual conduct with a minor for incidents that occurred between June 1, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2010. The victim turned 18 on Sept. 16, 2010.

According to the court documents, the victim said Thompson, then a school resource officer,  befriended her at her high school and engaged in a sexual relationship with her when she was 17, including in the officer's marked police car.

The detective's ex-girlfriend reported the incidents to police last August after the former student contacted her and told her of the past sexual incidents.

When questioned, Thompson denied having sex with the former student. She has been placed on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted.

Outside the King County courtroom Thursday, Thompson's lawyer said his client denies sexual misconduct with anyone. "Innocent people are charged," he noted.