Spokane, Wash. — Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders accused Sheriff Knezovich of lying about her attempt to influence the language of a news release concerning an alleged sexual assault by a Spokane Police Officer. According to Knezovich, Sanders did not want the words “sexual assault” in the press release, because they are “inflammatory”. In a KHQ interview, Sanders vehemently denied the allegation, calling it a “fabrication” and promising “consequences” for the Sheriff.
KHQ: To your knowledge, was there any move on the part of the City to call this anything but a “sexual assault”?
Sanders: No, there never was, and, you know, Ozzie’s remarks are a pure fabrication, and there will in fact be consequences for him perpetuating that lie. I consider it to be a personal attack on my reputation and I intend to take action.
KHQ: When you heard [the remarks], what was your first reaction?
Sanders: That it was a complete fabrication, and I was amazed that the Sheriff would perpetuate a fabrication of that nature.
City Administrator, Theresa Sanders comments on SPD sexual assault accusation
City administrator denies she tried to influence news about alleged sexual assault
City Administrator denies she wanted to remove “sexual assault” from a news release about a police officer accused of rape