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September 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Man could face life sentence for sexual assault of girl in Enumclaw library

A convicted child molester was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at a public library in Enumclaw in January 2013.

A King County jury in August convicted Travis M. Lear, 26, of first-degree child molestation, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Because the jury also determined the sexual assault was a predatory offense, Lear faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. After Lear serves that time, he could also face a potential maximum sentence of up to life in prison, the prosecutor’s office said.

The victim was at the library with her father around noon on Jan. 30, 2013, when she decided to go out alone to their car in the parking lot for a snack, according to Enumclaw police. While she was in the car, Lear approached her and threatened to kill her if she didn’t go with him into the library restroom.

Fearing for her life, the girl complied. Inside the restroom, Lear locked the door, according to the Police Department’s statement of probable cause. He then touched her inappropriately and, according to the report, told her “he didn’t like what he was doing, but had urges.” He then allowed her to leave, the statement says.

Lear allegedly told the girl he’d kill her if she told anyone. But she immediately told her father what had happened and pointed Lear out to him, according to police. After initially denying the incident, Lear fled, police said.

Police showed the father an image of Lear, and he confirmed it was the same man. Officers found Lear at his mother’s house and arrested him.

Lear has previously been convicted of third-degree rape of a child and third-degree attempted rape of a child.

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