A nearly 10-week-long Washington State Patrol investigation into Washougal Mayor Sean Guard details a sexual relationship between the mayor and a Washougal woman that resulted in Guard providing the woman with money on at least two occasions.
The Post-Record filed a public records request for the concluded WSP report on Aug. 10, and received the 21-page document today.
In the report, concluded on Aug. 2, WSP Detective Jen Ortiz states that “between May 24 and August 2, 2017, WSP detectives conducted an investigation into the nature of Guard (and the woman’s) relationship, in which they reviewed cellular phone records, Facebook account records … and interviewed involved parties.”
The investigation came about after the woman contacted Washougal Police on May 17, and, according to Ortiz’ report, alleged that “she and Guard had an inappropriate sexual relationship in which he offered her money for sex and (that she) believed the money may have come from city of Washougal funds.”
The WSP investigation reveals that Guard and the Washougal woman became Facebook friends in July of 2015. Days later, according to the investigation, Guard contacted the woman via Facebook Messenger and started a conversation that soon became “sexual in nature.”