Former Pasco police officer and accused rapist and murderer Richard Aguirre may be facing additional criminal charges after Spokane police say they found a large stash of sex videos.
Spokane police believe Aguirre, 51, recorded the videos with different women and detectives are working to determine if the acts and recordings were consensual, said Spokane police Capt. Eric Olsen at a Wednesday news conference.
Police anticipate Aguirre will be charged with sex crimes related to the videos, including possibly rape and voyeurism, Olsen said.
The videos were found after Spokane police apparently served several search warrants in the Tri-Cities in the past month, seizing cellphones and computers.
The searches were part of an investigation of Aguirre for the 1986 murder of a Spokane prostitute, Ruby J. Doss, 27. Aguirre, a police officer in Pasco for 27 years, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder for allegedly strangling Doss.
Aguirre, who resigned from the force in April, also is charged in Franklin County with raping a woman at his home.
On Wednesday, Olsen released few details about the videos, citing the ongoing investigation.
He said some of the women on the videos have been identified, and their ages vary. He did not say how many were recorded or when the videos were made.
“There are multiple unidentified victims that have been recorded during sex acts that we are trying to identify as potential victims,” he said. “These victims may have been recorded without their knowledge.”
Spokane police are asking anyone who may have been assaulted by Aguirre or anyone with information on the Doss murder to come forward.
Kennewick attorney Scott Johnson, who represents Aguirre, told the Herald the videos were not made in secret and everything on them was consensual. He believes the recordings are videos from a cellphone.
“From what I know about the videos from my client, I have no understanding of how any criminal charges can come from any videos he has,” Johnson said.
Three hours after the news conference, Aguirre made his first appearance in Spokane County court on the murder charge.
He appeared on closed-circuit TV monitor from the Spokane County jail, wearing yellow jail garb and briefly confirming his name to the judge.
Johnson asked Judge Richard Leland to release Aguirre under certain conditions, arguing that the $500,000 bail requested by prosecutors is too high.
Leland disagreed and set bail at $500,000. If Aguirre posts bail, he cannot travel outside of the state, must check in weekly with a probation office and cannot have any weapons or contact with witnesses.
Johnson told the Herald that Aguirre plans to post bail within the next 48 hours.
Aguirre also is charged in Franklin County with third-degree assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a women after a night of drinking in November. He was placed on paid administrative shortly after the incident was reported to police, eventually resigning in April.
Aguirre voluntarily submitted DNA as part of that investigation and the sample was entered into a computer database that matched it to the DNA collected from a condom at the 1986 Spokane murder scene, said documents.
Detectives believe Doss, a street-savvy prostitute known has “Memphis,” and her killer got into an altercation after having sex, court documents said. She ran more than 250 feet before she was apparently beaten unconscious with a blunt object and strangled.
Police found the used condom, a steak knife, a crumpled $50, tire tracks, shoe prints and clothing at the scene. Semen from the condom was used in 2002 to create the DNA profile that was entered into the national database called CODIS.
Investigators claim Lawrence Cole, a longtime friend of Aguirre’s, said Aguirre admitted he “hit a woman” and “choked her.” When Aguirre walked away “he thought she was still moving.”
Cole and Aguirre used to hang out and at least once solicited prostitutes in a section of Spokane where Doss worked, court documents said.
Aguirre, through Johnson, has denied murdering Doss. He was stationed at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane from 1984 to 1988, just before he was hired as patrolman in Pasco.
Police have also looked at other unsolved homicides similar to the Doss murder to see if there are any connections to Aguirre. Two of those cases — involving victims Mary Anne Turner, 30, and Kathleen DeHart, 37, — remain unsolved.
Olsen said Wednesday that Spokane police continue to investigate the cold cases.
“If there is a connection we can establish between Mr. Aguirre and these (other cases) we will,” Olsen said. “I don’t have any information right now that directly links him.”