King County deputy arrested on prostitution, drug charges

King County deputy arrested on prostitution, drug charges »Play Video
Deputy Darrion Holiwell
SEATTLE -- A King County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of helping his wife start a prostitution business, as well as stealing ammunition from the Sheriff's Office firing range and dabbling in a number of illegal drugs.

Seattle resident Darrion Holiwell, 49, is being held in King County Jail on $150,000 bail. He has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1995 and was a member of the department's SWAT unit and its chief firearms instructor until his arrest.

According to the charges filed Thursday in King County Superior, Holiwell has been violating the public trust and the law for years, with the charging documents stating he "displays a high level of disdain for the very law he has sworn to uphold."

Holiwell's alleged transgressions first came to light during divorce proceedings with his third wife, Alicia Holiwell.

According to the charging documents, Alicia had been physically abused by Holiwell, though she did not report the incidents, and she contacted his previous wife, Dana Smith, to see if there was a pattern.

Smith was reportedly so overwhelmed by what Alicia told her, she contacted a friend who works for the Sheriff's Office. That friend notified her supervisor, and an investigation was begun.

Alicia told Sheriff's Office detectives her marriage with Holiwell had been troubled, in part because of her affairs. According to the charging documents, Holiwell eventually accused her of being a sex addict and said, "If you are going to have sex, you might as well get paid for it."

Holiwell reportedly told Alicia her extra income would help with the family's financial burdens and could help him start a new security business. Holiwell already had one side business offering firearms training and accessories.

Holiwell and Alicia separated in May 2013 -- supposedly temporarily to work on their marriage -- and Alicia got her own condo. According to the charging documents, she started her escort business shortly after.

Alicia told detectives Holiwell provided her advice on how to run the business, and in the beginning she would text him her clients' IDs and inform him when she was with a client as a security measure.

Once the business got going, Alicia was making $2,000 a weekend, and Holiwell would collect approximately 80 percent of the profits, according to the charging documents.

During this time, Holiwell reportedly supplied Alicia with human growth hormone to lose weight and marijuana and "molly," a form of Ecstasy, to help with her escort appointments.

According to the charging documents, this arrangement ended when Holiwell started dating Alicia's 20-year-old friend, violating the terms of their open relationship. Alicia got angry and filed for divorce.

Following the interviews with Alicia, detectives served search warrants at Holiwell's home and the Sheriff's Office firing range.

According to the charging documents, those search warrants turned up evidence that Holiwell had been taking both live and spent ammunition from the firing range without approval.

He reportedly gave some of the ammunition to a longtime friend who was providing him with drugs, as well as advice on the escort business. Other ammunition he traded in for credit at gun shops around the region, using it to by supplies for both his SWAT team and himself, according to the charging documents.

All told, Holiwell reportedly stole $15,000 worth of live ammunition and another 19,000 pounds of spent ammunition.

In addition, detectives turned up a number of illegal drugs, including steroids, at Holiwell's home, according to the charging documents.

The King County Prosecutor's Office believes Holiwell, a highly skilled marksman, presents a serious threat to both the witnesses in the case and the public at large.

Alicia told detectives Holiwell has been emotionally unstable lately, and Holiwell's gun safe was empty during a search of his home.

According to the charging documents, Holiwell was tipped off to the investigation and sent out the following text message prior to his arrest:

"The storm is coming, but I got something for their asses. Hang on, it's about to get real."

Holiwell has been charged with promoting prostitution, theft and a drug violation.