At least two people tell ABC7 that they received settlements from the Mount Rainier Police Department after incidents involving Gene Gillette, the cop indicted on attempted murder and sexual assault charges.
Will Frederick was arrested by Gillette in 2008 at a Mount Rainier gas station for drunk and disorderly conduct. He says he was put in handcuffs and sat in the front passenger seat of Gillette's patrol car. Frederick admits he mouthed off. He says Gillette pulled out his gun and hit him in the face.
Frederick had to have surgery to repair facial fractures. He sued for excessive force and won a $100,000 settlement from the a Mount Rainier police.
Terrell Roberts, the attorney for a woman who says she was tasered by Gillette while her car was being illegally towed, received a $75,000 settlement.
After Gillette's arrest, his chief described him as a model cop who was named rookie of the year and twice officer of the year during his three-year career in the tiny department
"There's no way this officer, after he's had two lawsuits in which considerable amounts are paid, that he should be receiving any kind of award being the officer of the year," Roberts said.
Gillette turned himself in on charges that he attempted to sexually assault and then shot a 20-year-old man July 2. The indictment says that Gillette lured the victim to his house and attempted to force him to perform a sexual act on him, then shot him as he tried to flee in Gillette's car.