A veteran Seattle police officer was charged Monday with five felonies, accused of sexually abusing two young female relatives over many years. He remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail.
A veteran Seattle police officer was charged Monday with five felonies, including incest and child rape, for allegedly abusing two young female relatives over many years, according to King County prosecutors.
The young women, now 22 and 17, went to Seattle police in early April and reported being sexually abused by Sgt. Daniel Amador II, charging papers say. The criminal investigation was conducted by Lake Forest Park police, because that is where much of the alleged abuse occurred, the charges say.
The young women came forward after learning Amador and a girlfriend are expecting a baby girl, the charges say.
Amador, 43, of Kirkland, was arrested Friday by Kirkland police and remained jailed Monday in lieu of $750,000 bail.
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Four of the five felonies he has been charged with are in connection with alleged abuse against the 22-year-old. Amador has been charged with first-degree incest, second-degree rape of a child, third-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation.
He also has been charged with third-degree child molestation for the alleged sexual touching of the 17-year-old, the charges say.
The abuse alleged in the charges occurred between 2002 and 2014, according to the court documents.
However, the five charges are “mere representations of the multiple offenses the defendant committed” against the two alleged victims, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Johnson wrote in charging documents. “Many more charges could and may be added.”
According to the charges, Amador gave the now-22-year-old a “wedding ring” when she was 10, but “to the outside world, he called it a ‘purity’ ring.”
Working with police, the woman — who said she was sexually abused from ages 4 to 20 — phoned Amador on Friday and their conversation was recorded. When she asked for an apology for years of sexual abuse, police say Amador replied: “I feel like I ruined my entire life, like I was sorry I did that to you,” the charges say.
When she asked if he confessed the abuse to his priest, Amador responded in the affirmative and did not deny having sex with her, according to charging papers.
The now-17-year-old told another relative about the alleged abuse in summer 2013, which prompted an investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS), the charges say. Both of the alleged victims “say they were not forthcoming to CPS” and reported that Amador was angry about the investigation and told both of them to lie, according to charging documents.
Prosecutors declined to pursue the case because of insufficient evidence, and CPS officials determined the allegations were unfounded, according to a Seattle police statement.
Although Amador was required to surrender his badge and duty weapon after his arrest last week, Johnson asked that he also be ordered to surrender his passport and any other firearms, charging documents say.
According to a Seattle Times database of public employees, Amador was hired by the Seattle Police Department in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2013, earning $112,210 that year.
In a statement last week, Seattle police said Amador had been placed on paid administrative leave but his status would change to unpaid leave if he was charged with a felony.
In 2010, Amador was one of three officers named in a federal lawsuit, accused of using excessive force against a teenage jaywalker in Queen Anne and violating his civil rights.
The suit was dismissed in January 2013 after a judge determined the jaywalker had repeatedly refused to comply with Amador’s orders to get out of the street and provide identification and then scuffled with the officer, who called for backup, court records show. The eight-minute incident was captured by a dashboard camera in a patrol car, the records say.