A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy was charged with one count of voyeurism late last week stemming from an incident that occurred at the county jail earlier this summer.
William Elliott, 52, of Snohomish, has been on paid administrative leave since June 25. He has been a corrections deputy for more than 22 years.
The incident leading to the charge against him occurred June 10 at the county jail when he allegedly volunteered to help another corrections deputy oversee some female inmates in the release area of the jail where they change their clothes before they leave the jail.
Elliott was not assigned to this area, and was allegedly told by the other corrections deputy that his help was not needed, but he stayed anyway.
Both corrections deputies were in a room adjacent to the changing room. The corrections deputy who witnessed the alleged voyeurism said he caught Elliott looking at an angle through a small window between the two rooms as one woman changed from her jail-issued clothing to her personal clothing in a corner of the changing room. The woman was not aware of what happened.
The corrections deputy who was in the room with Elliott at the time and witnessed the alleged voyeurism immediately reported it to his supervisors.
The incident was investigated by sheriff’s office detectives and referred to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for review. The Sheriff’s Office will also be conducting an internal investigation into the matter.