$1M bail for ex-WSP trooper accused of abuse

Kenneth Garrison, 51, appears in Clark County Superior Court Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. He faces multiple charges of child sex abuse. (KOIN 6 News)
Kenneth Garrison, 51, appears in Clark County Superior Court Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. He faces multiple charges of child sex abuse. (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – A judge set bail at $1 million for a former Washington State Patrol lieutenant accused of child sexual abuse.

Fifty-one-year-old Kenneth Garrison made his first appearance in Clark County Court Friday on charges of second-degree rape, and incest in the first and second degree.

A judge set his bail at $1 million, although prosecutors asked for $2 million. During the hearing, prosecutors revealed that Garrison is also facing charges out of Cowlitz County, the exact nature of which were not confirmed.

The judge also ordered that he be separated from the other inmates while in jail. This is standard protocol for former law enforcement officers who are arrested.

Garrison was arrested Wednesday night at a Gresham area hotel. Five days prior, on Jan. 24, a search warrant was served at his residence at Camp Murray, where he was a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard, and he was stripped of his military credentials.

According to Cowlitz County Court documents obtained by KOIN this week, in 2001 Garrison was accused of raping a 5-year-old child while he was living in Kalama, Wash. The case was dropped in 2003 because of a lack of evidence.

In 2006, another alleged victim came forward with accusations of child sex abuse. The girl gave a statement to police that she later recanted. That girl is now involved in the current case.

Garrison joined WSP in 1989. He was fired in 2003. However, a state arbitrator ordered him re-instated with back pay in 2008. He resigned from WSP in December.

His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.

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