January 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Kent 16-year-old could face life in prison for 2 rapes
A 16-year-old Kent teen convicted of two rapes in 2011 could face life in prison.
Chrisean Cressel pleaded guilty and was sentenced last week in King County Superior Court to a minimum of 20 years in prison. He was given an indeterminate sentence and faces the possibility of life behind bars, according to prosecutors.
Cressel raped a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman on separate nights in Kent at the end of October 2011. A Superior Court judge ruled that Cressel, who was 15 at the time of the attacks, should be prosecuted as an adult due to the serious nature of the crimes. The Times generally does not name juveniles accused of crimes unless they’re prosecuted as adults.
“It is extremely rare to see an offender this young become a predatory serial rapist,” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a prepared statement. “The victims of his crimes were courageous throughout the process and their strength and cooperation ensured that this young man will be incarcerated for at least 20 years, up to life.”
According to charging documents, Cressel approached the victims as they were walking home from the bus. He told them he had a gun and that he would shoot them if they did not comply with his demands. The 19-year-old woman was raped behind a chiropractor’s office and the 17-year-old girl was assaulted behind an apartment complex.
Witnesses who had seen the male at businesses near the intersection of 116th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Kent-Kangley Road, along with video surveillance footage from a gas station and the chiropractor’s office, helped police identify the suspect, court papers say. The state crime lab found his DNA on the victims, prosecutors said.
Cressel had reportedly been expelled from Kentwood High School for fighting a week before the attacks.
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