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October 29, 2013 at 7:58 AM
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A former Washington State University professor has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for felony injury to a child after prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a teen in Idaho.
Fifty-two-year-old Andrew Appleton was sentenced to one to five years in prison on Monday. But Idaho 2nd District Judge John Stegner retained jurisdiction in the case, telling Appleton that if he successfully completes a six-month prison treatment program, he may be allowed to serve the remainder of his time on probation.
Prosecutors charged Appleton with felony rape because they said he sexually assaulted a teenager for a year starting when she was 16. The charge was reduced in exchange for his guilty plea. Appleton was removed from his job as an associate professor of political science after his arrest.
October 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM
A 16-year-old girl was taken to Harborview Medical Center after being stabbed in the abdomen in the 9200 block of 50th Avenue South in Rainier Valley, Seattle police said Monday night.
The girl was in stable condition, according to Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. She was uncooperative with police investigating the incident, according to a Seattle police tweet.
We’ll update this post as more details become available.
November 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 10 a.m. | TACOMA — A missing 16-year-old special education student and a 21-year-old sex offender were found asleep Wednesday morning at a north Tacoma home, police said.
Briana Troyer is OK, said police spokesman Mark Fulghum.
Detectives were questioning her before returning her to her family. Her father is Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
“It was a long 14 hours. Thanks for all your support and prayers,” Ed Troyer said on his Facebook page. Troyer is the Pierce County Amber Alert coordinator but didn’t want to talk about his daughter’s case while it was ongoing.
Investigators will determine if Terrence D. Powell did anything wrong, Fulghum said. He’s a Level 1 sex offender who left a Tacoma bowling alley Tuesday with the girl.
Fulghum issued an Amber Alert for the girl early Wednesday and police searched for her with tracking dogs and officers going door-to-door. A tip led investigators to the home of a Powell acquaintance where the two were sleeping, he said.
Briana Troyer was at Tower Bowling Lanes with other members of the Wilson High School bowling team for practice, but the coach or supervisor may not have been there at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she disappeared, Fulghum said. She is described as having the mental capacity of a 9-year-old.
She was last seen walking away with Powell. Fulghum did not know the criminal history that led to Powell’s listing as a Level 1 sex offender. The classification is the lowest level and applied to people, many of them first-time offenders, considered at minimal risk to reoffend.
July 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Detectives in Hoquiam are interviewing a 16-year-old suspect after a 20-year-old Aberdeen man was found dead early Saturday, according to The Associated Press.
The investigation began when an officer came upon a car crash and discovered a white car had struck a rock embankment. The car was empty, but the officer noted blood on the driver’s door and a large knife in the roadway.
As officers were investigating, police received a call from a mother worried that her son was “going to do something terrible.” Police then interviewed the son, who was near the crash scene. Police said the teen admitted to stabbing a man during an altercation at an apartment complex and said the man sped off in white car.
KBKW reports officers discovered a man on the ground several blocks away.
June 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM
A 16-year-old boy who was charged in King County Juvenile Court last month with indecent liberties, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and burglary for assaulting a woman and a 10-year-old girl pleaded guilty on Friday, according to a television news report.
KIRO TV reported that prosecutors and defense attorneys are jointly recommending a sentence that includes four years of probation, community service and treatment. The recommendation does not call for time in juvenile detention, but the teen’s guilty plea means he must register as a sex offender.
The Seattle Times is not naming the Sammamish teen because he was charged as a juvenile.
Investigators with the King County Sheriff’s Office said the Eastlake High School student grabbed and sexually touched a 10-year-old girl who was on her way home from school on May 7, but let go of her when she yelled, kicked, screamed and tried to bite him.
Later that same day, the teen grabbed the crotch of a 26-year-old woman as she was about to enter her home, prosecutors said in court documents.
The woman told her neighbor what happened and described her assailant as wearing black shorts, a black shirt and a mask. The neighbor went to look for the suspect, found the teen and took a picture of the him. He was recognized by officers who saw the picture, prosecutors said.
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