Russell Hixson, The Skagit Valley Herald
MOUNT VERNON — A 17-year-old boy from Concrete is to be tried as an adult for three counts of first-degree child rape.
Tyler Jene Gray was arraigned Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court and entered a not guilty plea. He reserved arguments for release. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
The defense noted it had objections about Gray being tried as an adult because some the alleged incidents occurred when he was 9. The defense’s arguments on jurisdiction were also reserved. Gray will turn 18 in December.
An affidavit shows the allegations came to light when they were reported by a school district counselor. A 6-year-old boy, an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl all told forensic interviewers that Gray brutally raped them on multiple occasions and threatened to break their bones or cut them if they reported the assaults.
The girl alleges she was raped multiple times, from when she was 6 until she was 11, in Oregon and Washington.
The girl told police she had tried telling an adult but was called a liar. The girl alleged that Gray then brutally raped her as punishment for telling on him.
On one occasion, the older boy attempted to intervene when he saw the younger boy being raped, but was then grabbed by the neck and also forcibly assaulted, the affidavit states. Both boys said the assaults took place in the past few years.
The children told interviewers they were too frightened of Gray to tell anyone about the assaults or thought no one would believe them.
Gray was arrested Jan. 24. He has denied assaulting anyone.