Police officer pleads innocent

Bremerton police officer William “Bill” Cook pleaded innocent to charges of domestic violence at a hearing Friday afternoon, May 9, at Kitsap County Superior Court.

The patrol officer was arrested Wednesday, May 7, by Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office detectives in connection with a domestic abuse investigation which began May 1. Cook, 39, stands accused on two counts of domestic violence assault and one count of domestic violence malicious mischief for allegedly abusing his estranged wife, Sara Cook, a Seattle police officer.

Cook appeared unaffected by the proceedings, standing in a bright orange inmate uniform with his hands clasped behind his back, though his handcuffs were removed during the formal arraignment.

Kitsap County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Claire Bradley requested that Bill Cook’s bail, initially set at $250,000, be doubled, calling him “a danger to the community.” Bradley suggested he was not only a flight risk, but also possessed several firearms which could not be accounted for.

Although Bill Cook claimed to have sold all his firearms within the past two days, he was unable to provide the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office with buyers’ names or any other records of their sale.

Attorney Lance Hester, representing Bill Cook, countered by suggesting reasonable bail would be nearer $5,000, and called Bradley’s proposal of $500,000 “excessive.” Hester noted that Bill Cook posed no flight risk because he was aware of the investigation since its start and hadn’t fled then, and that he had already made arrangements to stay with his parents, both of whom attended Friday’s proceedings.

“My belief is that bail set at $250,000 is appropriate in light of the nature of the charges, in light of his employment status, in light of his position in the community,” Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Port Gamble residence.

Although divorced, the couple lived together during the time of the alleged incidents in an effort to mend the marriage, according to investigative reports.

Mayson’s ex-wife said he started to become controlling and abusive during that time. He allegedly threatened to kill them both, allowing family to care for their child.

Mayson allegedly became “enraged” after his ex-wife went on a shopping expedition in December 2001, accusing her of an affair. She told investigators he cuffed her with department-issued handcuffs and pointed a gun to the back of her head, threatening to kill her.

Mayson’s ex-wife told investigators she eventually calmed him down and, eventually, he took the cuffs off.

Another incident, outlined in court documents, occurred sometime in February. Mayson allegedly found his ex-wife on the Internet with a friend when he came home while still on shift. He got upset, court papers indicate, because she wasn’t allowed on the Internet when he wasn’t home. Mayson allegedly cuffed her and restricted her breathing by covering her mouth and nose with his hands, according to court documents.

His ex-wife was able to eventually talk him down and he eventually went back to work, according to court papers.

Another incident occurred in late March. Mayson’s ex-wife told investigators they were sharing some champagne when he “flipped out,” and started to throw items around the house before attacking her.

Court documents state he grabbed her and threw her into a chair where he slapped her hard across the face several times.

She told investigators he pinned her to the floor, covering her nose and mouth with his hand. According to court documents, Mayson’s ex-wife claimed she couldn’t breathe and was afraid he was going to kill her.

Mayson’s ex-wife ran to a neighbor’s house after he let her up from the floor. From there, she called a friend, who picked her up a short time later.

That friend, according to court papers, took pictures of injuries Mayson’s ex-wife sustained.

She sought a physician for treatment as well, according to investigators.

The friend told investigators Mayson’s ex-wife asked for a handgun so they could protect themselves the night she fled.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives received a formal complaint from Mayson’s ex-wife on Monday, May 12, and King County Sheriff’s detectives were called after an initial review to conduct an independent investigation to avoid conflict of interest concerns.

Mayson was placed on paid administrative leave that evening. He is to remain on paid leave until the conclusion of the criminal and administrative reviews.

Mayson started his career with Kitsap County in June 1995. He had transferred from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon.

Mayson also worked for the Poulsbo Police department from 1992 to 1993.

The Sheriff’s Office is planning to conduct an administrative review.

The last domestic violence case in the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office led to the firing of Deputy Frank Jermy in 2000 and his conviction for assaulting his wife.

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