Court documents show the off-duty Renton Police Officer arrested this weekend was released Monday from King County jail, after investigators found probable cause for second-degree assault with sexual motivation. The victim is alleged to be part of a case he was working on, according to court documents.
According to probable cause documents provided by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Tanuj Soni allegedly texted the victim, who has not been named, and said he needed her to meet with him and discuss her current case, and told her it was “important and confidential.” Her friend then dropped her off at a park in the city of Des Moines, where Soni had sent his location.
The two sat at a picnic table and and drank wine, according to court documents. Soni allegedly told the victim she must keep drinking “so he could get the answers he needed for his case.” Soni then asked for the victim to take off her clothes, get on her knees and if he could slap her. As he allegedly slapped her, the victim said it started to hurt and “pleaded for him to stop.”
The documents state the victim was able to run away when Soni suggested they find a motel and let her put her clothes back on. She ran to the front door of the closest house, screaming, until the resident opened up and called 911.
When Des Moines officers arrived on scene, Soni identified himself as a police officer, he is also described in court documents as “heavily intoxicated and wearing and inside-out t-shirt and shorts and no shoes.” He did not want to give a statement until speaking with his police guild representative.
The Des Moines Police Department stated in a press release it is investigating the incident and working with the King County Prosecutors Office.
Renton Police Department stated Soni was placed on administrative leave.
Soni has been featured in previous Renton Reporter articles, and became well known in the community when he helped a hungry, homeless man get a meal instead of arresting him for shoplifting.
The incident was described as an “encounter with a woman” by Renton Police Department in a press release Monday, Aug. 12. In response to request for elaboration, police stated that the incident is being investigated by Des Moines Police Department, and questions related to the “facts and circumstances” must come from them.
Soni’s second court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14 at Regional Justice Center in Kent.