Officer Soni resigns mid-investigation

Renton’s internal review of Soni shows violations

The Renton Police Department announced officer Tanuj Soni, who is subject of a criminal investigation, has resigned. He was previously on paid administrative leave.

In August, Soni was arrested by the Des Moines Police Department and later charged with fourth degree assault with sexual motivation and official misconduct. He has pleaded not guilty and the case date will be set on Oct. 15.

An internal investigation found several department policies had been violated by Soni, but the release stated no further information on those violations is available at this time. Soni resigned before the internal process could be fully completed, according to the release.

In a Facebook post, Police Chief Ed VanValey stated his thanks to the community “for their continued support and trust. “

“It’s important to me that our department exemplify the highest level of professionalism and transparency. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable and demonstrate our core values.” VanValey stated in the post.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the Renton Police Department stated there was no further information at this time.

Previous stories on his plea and the case.

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