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County worker netted in drug sting

A legal assistant who worked in the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for ten years was arraigned Thursday after she was trapped by a drug sting operation.

Linda Louise Malcolm, 44, was accused of buying $300 worth of cocaine and crystal meth from an undercover informant, and supplying that informant with a small amount of marijuana.

“We all feel a little betrayed,” said prosecuting attorney Russ Hauge. “This is a good study of what can happen when addiction clouds your judgment. She knew the penalties, and knew about the efficiency of law enforcement. But she still chose to partake in the lifestyle.”

Malcolm, who is now facing termination, worked in case management, contact with victims and witnesses, and on the drug program. Hauge, who saw her every day, described her as “a capable, smart worker.”

Hauge said there was no evidence of Malcolm using her access to leak confidential information to sources outside of the prosecutor’s office. This is not conclusive, Malcolm’s computer is now under inspection to determine whether that is the case.

If no such evidence is found, Hauge said Malcolm would qualify for drug court, a successful program that avoids imprisonment for certain drug misdemeanors.

Due to what Hauge called “an obvious conflict” the prosecution is assumed by the Pierce County Prosecutors. Phil Sorensen of that office was on hand for the arraignment, and requested a $20,000 bond. Superior Court Judge Theodore Spearman denied the request, instead releasing Malcolm on her own recognizance.

Malcolm, who entered a plea of not guilty, is represented by attorney Stan A. Glisson of Bremerton.

Spearman restricted Malcolm to leave western Washington and said she was not to use any liquor, possess any weapons or use controlled substances outside a prescription during the terms of her bail.

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for June 9 followed by a July 20 trial date.

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