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The Today File

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July 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

14-year-old gets 8-year prison term in rape of girl, 8

A 14-year-old boy who was charged as an adult for beating and raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent in November was given an indeterminate sentence of nearly eight years on Friday, according to King County prosecutors.

Michael Harrell, who turns 15 next month, was charged as an adult with first-degree rape and pleaded guilty in June, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Because first-degree rape is a violent sex crime, Harrell’s sentence is indeterminate, which means that after he serves his minimum sentence, the state Indeterminate Sentence Review Board can add up to five years at a time to his sentence to a maximum of life.

He will serve his time in a juvenile-detention facility until he turns 21, after which he will be transferred to adult prison, Donohoe said.

Harrell was a friend of the girl’s older brother and lured her into a wooded area, where he beat and raped her, charging papers say. The boy is 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, while the girl is 4 feet tall and weighs 90 pounds, the charges say.

The 8-year-old, wearing only a shirt and socks, went to the Red Lion Inn & Suites on 74th Avenue South seeking help after the attack, and employees called 911, according to the charges.

Harrell is the younger brother of Chrisean Cressel, who was 15 when he raped two teenagers on consecutive nights in October 2011, also in Kent. Cressel is serving an indeterminate sentence of 20 years to life.

 

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