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2nd woman tells of liaison with Reardon during work hours

A second woman now alleges she had sex with Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon on a day when his office calendar showed he was having lunch with a representative of a local trade organization.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A second woman now alleges she had sex with Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon on a day when his office calendar showed he was having lunch with a representative of a local trade organization.

Reardon's assistant scheduled the lunch in late 2010. But behind the scenes, Reardon, the woman and one of her girlfriends planned a liaison at a Bothell town home, according to both women and emails among the three.

Reardon, a Democrat, is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol for alleged misuse of public funds.

The investigation, sought by Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe, is looking at whether Reardon used public money to travel with one of the women, who claims to have had a six-year affair with him.

The investigation, in its fifth month, has expanded to include whether Reardon was campaigning for a third term using county resources and whether he properly archived public records.

County phone records obtained by The Seattle Times suggest Reardon used his county cellphone for hours at a time for fundraising when his calendar showed he was in staff meetings.

The State Patrol says its investigation is close to complete but has yet to talk with Reardon, who will likely be the last interview.

The investigation began late last year after a Snohomish County social worker, Tamara Dutton, came forward to say she met up with Reardon on county-paid trips in which he did little work.

On one trip with her in 2007, he charged a hotel honor bar "intimacy kit," with condoms, lubricant and a vibrator, to his county credit card, investigators said. Reardon later moved that charge to his personal card.

The Snohomish County Council voted Feb. 22 to ask Reardon to step down during the investigation. He refused and has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Reardon, 41, declined to comment Thursday. Questioned earlier this month, he said, "I'm not even going to dignify questions about my personal life."

The State Patrol investigation will be forwarded to Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Banks said he has not seen the case or talked to investigators. In general, Banks said, a public official could face a misdemeanor charge for official misconduct if his or her behavior was "incompatible with public duty."

Felony theft charges are possible if investigators found a public official stole $750 or more, Banks said. "We'd have to prove that he, with an intent to deprive the county of those services, took them for himself."

State campaign laws are typically enforced by the Public Disclosure Commission, but if the investigation found Reardon violated the rules with "actual malice," criminal misdemeanor charges could apply, Banks said.

"It just really depends on the strength of the evidence and the rest of the behavior," he said. "It's not likely to be cut and dried."

In addition to campaign calls Reardon made on his county cellphone, phone records show he spent hours talking to Dutton, 41.

In 2010, they were on the phone for more than 43 hours, a review by The Times found. On one day alone, they talked for three hours.

Reardon also used the phone to talk with the other woman, who asked not to be named for fear of losing her job.

Interviewed Wednesday night, the woman, 41, said she never traveled with Reardon.

"He didn't spend a dime on me," she said, adding that he was "a good guy." While the two have remained friends, she said, they have not had an ongoing affair.

Records show she contributed $50 to Reardon's 2011 re-election campaign. According to the woman, he stopped by last summer to put a campaign sign in her yard.

The two knew of each other back when they attended Mariner High School in South Everett. But in 2010 they reconnected on Facebook. Their exchanges were flirtatious, she said, and they made plans to meet for coffee.

Dutton claims Reardon asked her to set up a liaison with the three of them. The other woman said she had been going through some personal problems and agreed to join them.

On Oct. 8, the woman wrote on Facebook to Reardon that "we're planning a meal fit for a king: grapes, assorted fruit, cheeses, breads ... Champagne, and sushi."

Reardon replied: "Champaign[sic]? Good grief. You're making me laugh." He added: "Trying to get me tipsy?"

His office calendar was clear that day until 5 p.m.

Dutton said she took a vacation day from her county job.

In text messages between the two women, Dutton later wrote that Reardon wanted to plan another "lunch."

The other woman replied: "did u tell him 3somes are off until he behaves?"

Emily Heffter: 206-464-8246 or eheffter@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @EmilyHeffter.

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