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Prosecutor Quits After Probe of Her Talks with Former Basketball Star Charged in Misdemeanor Case

Posted Sep 14, 2012 11:01 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Washington state prosecutor who had been on paid administrative leave since May has reportedly resigned from her job as an assistant King County prosecutor.

Leah Altaras, 33, had her home, office, car and cellphone searched after a maintenance worker said she was present in the suburban Seattle condominium of a former University of Washington basketball star, Doug Wrenn, on the night he was arrested in a misdemeanor case concerning phone calls and other claimed harassment against a former girlfriend, according to the Seattle Times.

An earlier Seattle Times article provides additional details about Wrenn's arrest on April 16 and its aftermath. He is currently awaiting trial in Seattle Municipal Court.

Altaras was never accused of any criminal conduct, but at least at one point, was considered a potential witness in the case against Wrenn.

Police said recorded conversations at the jail after Wrenn was arrested and held in lieu of $350,000 bail showed the two had talked several times. The newspaper reports that a judge approved police searches of Altaras' home, office, car and cellphone based on a warrant that described a conversation at the jail in which Altaras allegedly told Wrenn she had "the phone."

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