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December 2, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Man sentenced to 44 1/2 years for Vashon Island rapes

A Vashon Island man was sentenced this afternoon to 44 1/2 years in prison for raping two teenage girls while their family members slept nearby.

Brian Dublin, 29, was convicted Sept. 29 of two counts of first-degree rape, attempted rape and three counts of burglary for creeping into the homes of two teenage girls and raping them as well as the attempted rape of a third girl who was 12 when she was attacked in 2006. It took a King County jury only a day before returning the verdicts.

In 2003, a man crept into the home of an 18-year-old Vashon Island teen, raped her and threatened to kill her while her family slept nearby. DNA collected from her was identified by the state crime lab as belonging to an unknown male.

Three years later, a 12-year-old girl was awakened in her home by a man who threatened to kill her. She managed to escape before she was physically harmed.

On Jan. 10, 2010, a 16-year-old was asleep in her bed at home when she awoke to discover that a man whose face she couldn’t see was rubbing her legs. The man threatened to kill her, raped her and then left.

DNA collected from the girl matched that collected from the 18-year-old victim in 2003.

Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office learned from the 16-year-old victim that she had been at a party the night she was assaulted. Among the people at the party was Dublin. She said he often had parties at his house, supplied alcohol to teens and seemed to pay her a lot of inappropriate attention, offering her rides and telling her she looked “hot” in a miniskirt, according to charges.

After detectives interviewed Dublin, they began to gather information on him.

They learned Dublin had been arrested on a marijuana charge a few years earlier in Chelan County. Police there still had in evidence the pipe he had in his possession.

King County investigators obtained the pipe and submitted it to the state crime lab. The results of the DNA test indicated that Dublin could not be excluded as a match to the DNA left on the two rape victims.

Armed with that information, investigators were able to get a search warrant that allowed them to take a DNA swab from Dublin. The DNA was matched to the two rape victims and Dublin was arrested in May 2010.

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