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November 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Olympia judge orders new trial for imprisoned man after alleged victim recants

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A judge in Olympia has ordered a new trial for a man who has been in prison since 1995 when he was convicted of child molestation. A woman who was 11 at the time has recanted and said she made up allegations against Jerry Lee Brock. At a hearing Monday, Thurston County Superior…

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September 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Everett optometrist accused of molesting young patient

Update at 8 p.m. | A judge set bail at $750,000 for John Patrick O’Brien, the Everett optometrist accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl during an eye exam. He remained in custody Wednesday night. An Everett optometrist accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl during an eye exam was arrested Tuesday for investigation of child molestation, sexual…

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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…

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July 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Felony charges re-filed against SPD officer accused of molestation

Snohomish County prosecutors filed new charging documents today against a veteran Seattle police officer accused of molesting the daughter of a former girlfriend. Officer Eric A. Smith, 57, of Bothell, was arrested June 30 and released the next day from the Snohomish County Jail after posting $150,000 bail. As is standard in Snohomish County, Smith was initially…

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July 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

SPD officer charged with molestation, suspended without pay

 Update 11:48 a.m.: Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole released this statement about Officer Eric A. Smith, who was charged today with five criminal counts stemming from child abuse allegations. “I have just been informed that the Snohomish County Prosecutor has filed charges against a Seattle police officer for multiple counts of Child Molestation and Communicating with…

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July 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

SPD officer accused of child molestation bails out of jail

Seattle Police Officer Eric A. Smith, who is accused of molesting his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, was released from the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday night. Smith, who was ordered held Tuesday in lieu of $150,000 bail, is expected to be charged on Thursday, according to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office. Smith, of Bothell, was booked into jail Monday…

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June 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

SPD officer arrested in Snohomish County child-molestation case

A Seattle police officer has been arrested for investigation of first-degree child molestation and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The officer, a 57-year-old Bothell resident, was arrested today and booked into the Snohomish County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office says he has been a Seattle police officer for more…

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June 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Ex-Federal Way High coach charged with child molestation

Former Federal Way High School volunteer basketball coach Brianna Strong has been charged with third-degree child molestation and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in connection with the alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student, according to court documents. Strong, 23, was arrested Friday after police said she admitted to inappropriately touching the girl and exchanging nude photos with the…

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September 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Local children’s musician charged with molesting two girls

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Darby Gerking, known around the area as the children’s music performer “Mr. Darby,” has been charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation, domestic violence. Gerking, 57, was booked into the King County Jail on Tuesday, but has since bailed out. According to charges filed by King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor,  Gerking inappropriately…

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May 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Former private-school teacher in Seattle accused of molesting students in class

A 32-year-old former teacher at a Seattle private school was charged this week with four counts of first-degree child molestation, accused of sexually touching two of his young students during classes when other children were present, according to King County prosecutors. Jordan Eareckson Murray  — who went by the honorary title of “Rabbi” at the Torah…

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