Sergeant resigns after bikini barista investigation

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

The Java Juggs espresso stand at 12807 Hwy 99 was one of the seven barista stands busted in Kent, Everett, Edmonds and other parts of Snohomish County for prostitution and lewd contact.

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s sergeant resided Tuesday, weeks after his arrest for conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct.

KIRO 7 was the first to report that O’Neill, a 30-year-veteran was being investigated for actions at an Everett bikini barista stand. He was being investigated by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability and may still be charged criminally.

O’Neill had been on paid administrative leave following his June 25 arrest.

"In March, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office was notified by a local law enforcement agency of possible criminal activities being conducted by a Sheriff's Office commissioned officer," Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said shortly after O’Neill’s arrest. "Upon learning of the allegations, Sheriff's Office administration immediately contacted Everett PD and requested a criminal investigation."

The owner of Java Juggs, who was arrested for similar activity in 2011, was also in the investigation last month. Overall, seven bikini barista stands – locations in Kent, Everett, Edmonds and other parts of Snohomish County – were raided by police late last month.

Investigators said O'Neill provided the information about when the stands were facing undercover surveillance in exchange for sexual favors, and that an owner of several stands gave him a tablet computer to send messages to the workers.

Follow this link to read a PDF of a probable cause document regarding Darrell O’Neill.