Woman Charged For False Rape Accusations Against Bellevue Cops

Prosecutors have charged Idunn Schneider with two counts each of malicious prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Bellevue, WA – A woman who falsely accused at least three different members of the Bellevue Police Department of sexual misconduct earlier this year has been charged with malicious prosecution.

Idunn Schneider, 45, said she became involved with the Bellevue police chief and at least two other Bellevue police officers after she said she met them online, KIRO reported.

Schneider first met Bellevue Officer John Kivlin on Craigslist, and the two carried on a consensual relationship from September of 2017 until April, when she accused her police officer boyfriend of having punched her in the face twice.

Both Schneider and Kivlin were married to other people at the time of the affair, the Seattle Times reported.

In July, Schneider claimed that Kivlin had been trying to force her to recant her story, and so police arrested him on assault and witness tampering charges.

Prosecutors eventually dismissed those charges against Kivlin after a thorough forensic investigation of his phone proved his accuser had lied.

By then, Kivlin had lost his job, his wife, and his house, and spent 49 days in jail for crimes Schneider fabricated.

“The toll has just been devastating,” Kivlin’s attorney, Jeffrey Cohen, told the Seattle Times.

Bothell police investigated the accusations against Chief Steve Mylett and determined they, too, were completely unfounded.

But not before the chief was placed on paid leave for the duration of the investigation, and his family and police department suffered extreme embarrassment.

Schneider claimed to have met Chief Mylett on a fetish website, and said he raped her in his Bothell rental home in October of 2016, the Seattle Times reported.

But the DNA recovered from Schneider’s clothing from the alleged rape did not match the police chief, and he was not living in that rental home on the date of the alleged attack, so Bothell police eventually cleared him completely.

Chief Mylett got dragged into the accusations because a text exchange between the woman and Kivlin, the woman accused his "boss boss," even though she didn't appear to know his name. There is no evidence that they had ever met.

Chief Mylett was reinstated to his position and told reporters that the accusations had taken a toll on his family.

Although the third Bellevue officer falsely accused by Schneider was never charged, he resigned from the police department under a dark cloud of false allegations.

During the investigation, police learned that Schneider had made false rape allegations on two previous occasions, and that no charges had been pressed against her on those occasions because of her mental state, the Seattle Times reporter.

“Additional facts surfaced in this and other investigations that severely called into question the credibility of Ms. Schneider,” King County Sheriff’s Detective Christy Marsalisi wrote in the charging affidavit. “The facts include that on two occasions in 2008 and 2009, Ms. Schneider reported to authorities that she’d been the victim of rape. She later admitted that in both instances the allegations were fabrications.”

Prosecutors charged Schneider on Tuesday with two counts each of felony malicious prosecution and misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence, the Seattle Times reported.

Court documents said Schneider “fabricated evidence and used a sophisticated ruse to deceive Kivlin, law enforcement, prosecutors, and the court in order to have Kivlin taken into custody and charged with additional crimes,” according to KIRO.

“The result of the (accuser’s) fabrication was that law enforcement arrested Kivlin for crimes he did not commit, prosecutors filed charges against Kivlin for crimes he did not commit, and the court held Kivlin in custody for order violations which he did not commit,” the documents said.

A summons was issued and Schneider is due in court for arraignment on Dec. 31.

Comments (10)
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Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Hang her high

LEO030
LEO030

"Play Misty For Me" comes to mind. Over the years I've met a number of psychos like this woman who seem to have an attraction to law enforcement. If you're going to cheat on your spouse you should at least vet them first.

Deebug
Deebug

But aren't we supposed to believe all women? They did and look what happened. #Metoosucks

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Please, a long sentence for this creep. She destroyed so many lives. #metoo movement is a joke. It demeans real victims and encourages psychos like this one.

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

I have met quite a few psycho women in my life like her.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

She should get the same sentence the men would have gotten plus she should be sued by these men for the damages she's caused. She's not nothing but an evil psycho biatch!!!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Sue her. Garnish wages IF she works, public service picking up trash, etc. The Chief lost his family because of her. I really hope they can rekindle what was taken from them. She also made charges against 2 others. Make her scrub floors while in prison, bathrooms preferred, so she can relate to the s--t she created. I'm so very sorry for these officers.....

Marxest
Marxest

Wow. That's A LOT of damage done to these two officers. My sympathies. This woman should be prosecuted for what she has done. Usually when women make these false claims, the men suffer the most and the woman RARELY pays for what she has done.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THROW THE LYING FUCKING BITCH IN PRISON.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

That’s what this country has evolved to, these few females getting away with the word “Rape” as a scheme of vindictiveness. All in the meanwhile lives are being ruined and including the actual unfortunate victims who are dismissed because of these type of false accusers. I hope she doesn’t get a pass on this and they make an example out of people like this.