Bellingham Man Arrested for Rape of Mount Vernon Teen

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Sex Crime CuffsMount Vernon, WA: On September 8th, 2014 a 16 year old female came to the Mount Vernon Police Department to report being sexually molested over a period of several years by a person known to her.

Information obtained via a Probable Cause Affidavit for arrest states, detectives interviewed the 16 year old girl and found that multiple sexual interactions had occurred with 16 year old  girl and the suspect  over a period of several years.   The initial contact was approximately 4 years earlier when they lived in California.  The then 12 year old girl stated the suspect used threats of violence against the girl to get her to comply.

The girl reported that after the 4th or 5th time of being raped, she became pregnant and the suspect took her to get a pregnancy test. She was instructed to lie to the staff about who had impregnated her, which she did. She was then driven by the suspect 45 minutes away to another city for an abortion.

The abuse continued after they had  moved to Skagit County. The victim stated the suspect would rape her almost daily. The suspect would randomly check the girl out of school for the day, so he could rape her. He would drive her to different cities and rent hotels and rape her.  He also forced her to drink lemon and salt because he read on the internet that she could not get pregnant if she drank it.

The girl stated he would buy her gifts and clothing for school and make her watch pornography.

On September 23rd, 2014, the Mount Vernon Police Department used an undercover sting operation to set up a meeting with the suspect via a recorded phone call and the victim. The call lasted approximately 10 minutes. The suspect agreed to miss work on September 24th and told the victim to skip school and that he would drive down from Bellingham to Mount Vernon to pick her up and take her to a motel.

On the morning of September 24th, another recorded phone call was placed and the suspect told her he was going to meet her at a specific spot and then  take her to a motel room and they would do what they always do there.   Surveillance units located the suspect in the  parking lot of the meeting spot  and he was taken into custody.

The suspect denied any sexual contact between himself and the victim and says he was only joking about taking her to a motel room when confronted with information about the recorded phone calls.

The suspect  was arrested and charged with three (3) counts of Rape of a Child 3rd degree and ten (10) counts of Incest 1st degree.

In April of 2015, the  suspect, who was over 50 years old,  plead guilty to three counts of 3rd degree child rape and was sentenced to almost 4 years in Jail.

 

His name was not used in the story to protect the identity of the 16 year old girl.

 

*Note: All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

 

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