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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former police union president is now facing three charges related to an investigation into an officer accused of raping a colleague.

The Spokesman-Review reports former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of rendering criminal assistance.

His attorney David Allen says nothing Gately did hindered investigators and that his client was acting as union president in contacting Officer Gordon Ennis.

Investigators say Gately told Ennis he was the subject of a rape investigation and that detectives were writing a search warrant. Authorities met Ennis at his attorney’s office and found his nails were recently clipped too short for evidence to be found.

Gately had previously pleaded not guilty to another count of rendering criminal assistance and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

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