A disgraced Pasco cop charged with murder is facing a new charge of voyeurism after Spokane police say he secretly recorded himself having sex with a man who was dressed in lingerie and high heels.
Richard J. Aguirre, 51, appeared Friday in a Spokane County courtroom where he pleaded innocent to the charge. The 27-year veteran Pasco officer is also charged with first-degree murder in Spokane for the 1986 death of a prostitute, Ruby J. Doss.
A judge set bail in the voyeurism case at $500,000, bumping his total bail to $1 million.
Aguirre, who resigned from the force in April, had posted bail in the murder case and was about to be released when the new charge was filed, said his attorney Scott Johnson.
“They didn’t file this charge until Rich was dressed in street clothes ready to be released,” Johnson said.
The Spokesman-Review reported that in court on Friday prosecutors claimed that members of the Pasco Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office had leaked information to Aguirre.
Officials from both Tri-City agencies denied their officers have tipped Aguirre off to specifics of the Spokane investigations.
“It’s Spokane’s investigation. We don't know anything,” said Pasco police Capt. Ken Roske. “I don’t know what our officers could release to him.”
Later in a news release, Roske said Spokane police confirmed that no Pasco officers are suspected of leaking any information and “they are not sure why a deputy prosecutor would have included Pasco police officers in the court record.” He said they are continuing to cooperate in any way they can in the investigation.
Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond said Spokane police also told him they know of no leak or misconduct by anyone in his department.
Police found more than 80,500 images and 360 videos — most of which were of a sexual nature — while reviewing two of Aguirre’s iPhones taken during the murder investigation, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Evidence also was found during a search of Aguirre’s home that indicated he has been using steroids, court documents said.
The images and videos showed Aguirre having sex with several different women and men, court documents said. In several videos it appears the women and men were “experiencing pain and fear during the acts.”
“There were multiple videos recorded by (Aguirre) wherein it appeared the individuals with whom he was having sex (with) were not aware that they were being recorded,” Spokane police Detective Paul Lebsock wrote.
Johnson has maintained that all the videos and images on Aguirre’s phones were consensual acts, recorded with the knowledge of everyone involved.
The voyeurism charge stems from a sexual encounter Aguirre apparently had with a 20-year-old in February, court documents said. The two men met through a Craigslist ad and went to a hotel in Spokane Valley.
When the man arrived, Aguirre gave him lingerie and heels to wear, court documents said. The man then posed voluntarily for pictures while looking away from the camera.
However, the man told authorities he was not aware that Aguirre had hid his iPhone and recorded them as they had consensual sex, court documents said. The man also did not know that Aguirre snapped photos of him while he was face down on the floor and of his student ID card.
“(The man) was very upset over the fact that his identity has been discovered,” Lebsock wrote. “He is also very upset and distraught over the fact that he was recorded without his consent.”
Spokane police announced at a news conference Wednesday that there may be criminal charges, including possibly rape, filed against Aguirre resulting from the images and videos they seized.
In at least one video, Aguirre is having sex with an unidentified man who “repeatedly told (Aguirre) that he did not want to be recorded and he did not want to be present,” court documents said. Aguirre apparently responded with explicitly sexual language.
“The tone of (Aguirre’s) voice is assertive,” Lebsock wrote. “The tone of the voice of the unknown male is indicative of hesitation and fear.”
Aguirre was charged with murder Tuesday, a month after Spokane police named him as a suspect in the 1986 case. The one time Officer of the Year in Pasco is also charged with third-degree rape in Franklin County for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at his home.
Police believe Doss and her killer got into a fight after having sex, court documents said. She apparently ran away, was chased down and beaten unconscious before being strangled.
DNA from the semen in a condom allegedly tied Aguirre to the case nearly three decades later. Johnson has denied Aguirre killed Doss or sexually assaulted the woman in Pasco.
Spokane police said they continue to investigate Aguirre for possible sex crimes related to the videos and images.