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The Today File

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October 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Son of Pierce Co. sheriff’s spokesman pleads guilty to sexual assault

The 19-year-old foster son of a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge for having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the News Tribune.

A judge sentenced Zachary Troyer to 10 days of electronic home monitoring and 40 hours of community service for the fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation charge, according to the paper. The girl allowed Troyer into her home several times in March while her parents slept, until one night the girl’s mother found him in the house and called 911, the paper reported.

Troyer was initially charged with third-degree child rape and third-degree child molestation. It is illegal for adults 18 or older in the state of Washington to have sex with a person between 14 and 16 if they are at least four years older than the victim.

Troyer was raised by Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer.

“As foster parents we have raised seven kids through foster care, including Zach, who we got when he was 5 years old,” Troyer told the News Tribune when charges were initially filed. “All were taken out of abusive situations.”

Because Troyer’s father works for Pierce County, the case was prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s Office to avoid conflict of interest.

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