(CBS Seattle) — A Spokane County deputy prosecutor, faces potential charges of rendering criminal assistance after more than a thousand texts, surveillance video and a bikini photograph linked her to a convicted felon.

According to The Spokesman-Review, Marriya Wright has been on paid administrative leave from the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office since April 21 — the same day investigators filed a search warrant for the cell of prisoner Matthew Baumrucker.

Matthew Baumrucker (photo via Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Matthew Baumrucker (photo via Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)


A felony warrant for drug charges led to the arrest of Baumrucker, 31, in March. At the time of his arrest, a pistol was found on an air condtitioner outside the motel room he was sharing with a woman. He is currently facing a federal indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Baumrucker texted a mobile phone traced to Wright 1,280 times between February 6 and March 5, according to recently unsealed court documents. After being booked in jail, Wright, 34, visited Baumrucker 10 times between March 13 and April 16, marking the purpose of her visit as “professional,” according to jail records. Under a “professional” visit, Wright was allowed to use a special meeting room where visitors can pass documents to inmates even if they have no affiliation with the case. According to court documents, no other attorneys or witnesses were present for their conversations.

A jail guard who viewed video of the pair’s discussions claims to have seen a photograph of Wright in a bikini in Baumrucker’s pocession — an observation he reported as odd.

No charges have been filed against Wright at this time.

Baumrucker is a six-time convicted felon, including charges of perjury, assault and money laundering.

Officials overseeing the investigation believe the case will be handled at the federal level.

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