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Former Poulsbo police clerk arrested for child molestation
POULSBO — The former Poulsbo police clerk accused of stealing firearms from the police evidence locker has been charged with having sexual contact with a minor.
Amanda Dixon, 23, formerly of Kingston and now living in Mountlake Terrace, was charged May 3 with third-degree child molestation, following a Poulsbo Police Department interview with a 15-year-old boy.
Dixon pleaded not guilty to the charge, according to her attorney, Ron Ness. She was released on $50,000 bail.
Interviewed for an unrelated theft case April 14, the boy said he had a relationship with Dixon but thought she was 16.
In a later interview with a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy, the boy said their relationship began about Feb. 1 and continued through April 16. He admitted that he knew her true age when he asked his family not to report her to the police because of their relationship.
Some of their alleged sexual activity occurred in unincorporated Kitsap County. A sheriff’s detective from the Special Assault Unit investigated the case "due to the conflict of interest with Poulsbo PD investigating [Dixon]" as a former employee accused of stealing from the department.
According to charging documents, the 15-year-old said he and Dixon met through his uncle and would allegedly “mostly drive around, drink alcohol and smoke weed." The boy told officers he told Dixon his age when they met. In later interviews with family members, Dixon allegedly told her cousin that he was 20.
Several family members of the 15-year-old were interviewed, all of whom were aware of and opposed to the relationship. According to the report, the boy’s grandmother said "everyone in the family" was "up in arms" over the age difference. His mother states in the report she had been "trying for months to report the inappropriate relationship."
Dixon is awaiting trial for allegedly stealing two firearms from the Poulsbo police evidence locker in 2011. Ness said this new charge may affect the start of her trial, which is set to begin June 5. He said she has pleaded not guilty to the gun theft charges.
Dixon was a Viking Fest princess in 2007. She graduated from North Kitsap High School in 2008 and went to work for the police department shortly after. As a teen, she was involved in FFA, teen mentoring and on the committee for the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk, which raised more than $30,000 in 2007.