Port Angeles, WA – A 50-year old Mount Vernon Man was arrested in a sting operation at a hotel in SeaTac in late December by Deputies with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. The man was under investigation into accusations that he had been sexually molesting and raping a child in Port Angeles over the course of several years.
The man, a family friend of the victim, is accused of molesting the girl multiple times when he stayed at the girls house for holidays and family functions. The girl was allegedly 8 years old when the suspect first started molesting her. A year later, around the time the girl was 9-years old, the man is alleged to have started raping the girl and the incidents continued until the girl was around 12 years old. He is also accused of using his cell phone to secretly video record the girl getting out of the shower when she was 12 years old.
The Victims family, worried that there might be additional victims in Skagit County, provided a copy of court documents from the Clallam County prosecutors Office with the girl’s name removed to SkagitBreaking.com.
According to the probable cause affidavit of arrest, the girl now 13 disclosed the sexual abuse to a school counselor on November 21st, 2017. The counselor, required by law to report sexual abuse, notified police. Police responded and with the assistance of specially trained child interviewers, interviewed the girl at the Healthy Families of Clallam County Child Advocacy Center on November 21st, 2017.
In 27-pages of court related arrest documents, Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputies outline interviews with the victims, her family, friends, school counselors and others where they developed probable cause to arrest the male for multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor that allegedly occurred during multiple extended stays at the family’s home in Port Angeles over the course of several years.
Sheriff’s Deputies obtained a search warrant for in-person and telephonic communication intercept orders. The search warrants were served with the help of the victim and the biological mother of the victim. Deputies arranged a “sting operation” between the man and the biological mother at a meeting at a hotel in SeaTac. The mother of the victim would confront the man about his crimes and allow him to apologize to the victim over the phone while deputies recorded his admission and apology from outside the room.
Sheriff’s Deputies monitored the hotel room and the mans phone conversation during the meeting, including a call to the victim where she told the man that she was bothered about what he had done to her. His reply to the victim was “it was not on her” The victim asked him if he could tell her why. He replied “Maybe later, this is not the appropriate time.” The victim again said she wanted to hear why. The man replied “Cause I was stupid.” He then told the victim he had been “thinking and praying about it” and that all he could say was “he was sorry and wished he could go back and take it all back.” The man then told the victim he was sick to his stomach, and they could talk about it later. He is quoted as saying “it’s not on you, it’s on me.” When asked if she was the only one he replied “yes.”
About 45 minutes into the recorded meeting, Deputies entered the room and detained the man. The girls biological mother was allowed to leave and Detectives interviewed the man for nearly two hours where he realized that he was part of a “sting operation.”
The man would only tell detectives that “this was all just allegations” and he would not deny or confirm the accusations. The man was ultimately arrested, given a copy of the search warrants, and then transported to Clallam County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of multiple charges including, Rape of a Child 1st Degree-Penile, Rape of a Child 1st Degree-non Penile, Rape of a Child Second Degree, Child Molestation 1st Degree, Child Molestation 2nd Degree, and Voyeurism.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Michele Devlin, Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney requested bail be set at $100,000 for the man. She based her request on community safety risk and the seriousness of the allegations. She also requested the man be required to wear an electronic home monitoring device with a GPS locator as a condition of his release.
The Judge denied both requests for the electronic monitoring device and the $100,000 bail amount. Bail was set at $25,000 and the Judge signed orders preventing the man from having contract with the alleged victim or anyone younger than 18.
The man is required to reside in Mount Vernon and attend court hearings in Clallam County.
The biological mother of the victim is asking for any other victims of the man to please come forward with information to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
Please Note: Skagit Breaking does not normally identify the suspects in Sex Crimes until they have been found guilty in a court of law. This is done to protect the identity of the victims.