Seattle assistant police chief cleared

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SEATTLE (AP) -- King County prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges against a Seattle assistant police chief who was under investigation for allegations of official misconduct.

Chief Criminal Deputy Mark Larson wrote in a letter to Patrol Chief John Batiste Tuesday that the patrol "uncovered no evidence to support a conclusion that there was a criminal law violation." Prosecutors had asked the patrol to look into allegations of possible wrongdoing by Sanford at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The patrol looked into whether Sanford exerted due influence at the scene of a traffic accident involving a family member, in selecting materials for a promotional exam and in soliciting charitable donations from department employees.

The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/IVKUGE) first reported the news Tuesday.

Sanford commands the department's patrol operations bureau.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com