VANCOUVER, Wash. — Authorities say a longtime detective in southwestern Washington has been placed on paid administrative leave because of misconduct allegations.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that Deputy Sheriff Kevin Harper was placed on leave on Sept. 26.

Authorities gave no details about the allegations but said if sustained, they would violate sheriff’s office policies and could result in criminal charges.

Sheriff Chuck Atkins has asked the Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigations Division to investigate the allegations.

The Columbian reports ( that Harper has been the lead investigator on numerous cases, including a recent triple homicide.

Information from: The Columbian,

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