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November 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM
A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent last Thursday was charged today with first-degree rape and first-degree child rape.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is also seeking an alternate charge of second-degree rape. Prosecutors want to try the boy in adult court rather than juvenile court, which required a hearing before a judge to make that determination, according to charging documents.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the boy, he “went to the place where the victim was,” then under “false pretenses” had her come outside so he could “show her a surprise.” Police say the boy later claimed he had consensual sex with the girl, whom he thought was 11, but struck her twice in the face when she said she was going to call police, the statement says.
The victim, wearing only a shirt and socks, went to the Red Lion Inn & Suites on 74th Avenue South seeking help after the attack. The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. The girl suffered a concussion, abrasions and may have been beaten unconscious.
The boy was arrested at a house near where the attack occurred, according to the probable-cause statement.
The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile.
The boy is the younger brother of Chrisean Cressel, who was 15 when he raped two teenagers on consecutive nights in October 2011, according to King County prosecutors. The brothers have different last names.
Cressel is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.
November 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM
A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent on Thursday waived his appearance in court Friday, when King County Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert found probable cause to hold the boy in secure detention on investigation of first-degree rape and first-degree rape of a child.
The girl, who was sexually assaulted and beaten unconscious, was able to seek help at a nearby hotel, according to Kent police.
King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Michael Mohandeson said the 14-year-old is the younger brother of Chrisean Crissel, who was 15 when he raped a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl on consecutive nights in October 2011. The brothers have different last names.
Crissel was ultimately charged as an adult and pleaded guilty in January to two counts of first-degree rape. He is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.
October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM
The Associated Press
TACOMA — A 47-year-old Lakewood man accused of having sex with a 13-year-old Kelso girl has been charged with second-degree rape.
Glen Winans was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $100,000.
Pierce County prosecutors say Winans met the victim online while he was deployed in Afghanistan. The two exchanged messages. Prosecutors say Winans met the victim for the first time last month when he drove to her home in Kelso, took her to a movie and later had sex with her.
Police were alerted last week when a waitress at a Lakewood cafe overheard Winans tell the girl that he liked young girls. The waitress called police.
Prosecutors say the victim told officers that the two had sex. Winans denied having a sexual relationship with the victim.
He is scheduled to appear with an attorney at his next court date Nov. 12.
October 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Renton police are searching for a 25-year-old man who allegedly raped, kidnapped and threatened to shoot a woman Wednesday. Luis A. Martinez, of Renton, assaulted the 28-year-old woman at gunpoint, according to Renton police.
He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
The two met up yesterday afternoon at a Renton restaurant. After a few drinks they got into her car and, while the woman was driving, Martinez “pulled out a handgun, racked the slide then told her she would be spending the day with him,” according to a Renton Police Department news release.
Martinez forced the woman to drive him to several locations and at some point he raped her, police said. During a stop at a supermarket in Kirkland, the woman managed to get away and sought help from a store employee, police said. Police say Martinez used the victim’s debit card to withdraw several hundred dollars from her account at an ATM.
Martinez took off in the woman’s car and then later abandoned it in Tukwila.
Renton police are asking for help finding Martinez. He’s described as being 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and dark-colored eyes. He has tattoos, including a red star on the right front of his neck and a scripted word on the left side of his neck.
Anyone with information is asked to dial 911.
October 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM
THE DALLES, Ore. — Jurors in The Dalles have ordered a Columbia Gorge hospital to pay $2.4 million in compensatory damages to three victims of an anesthesiologist now serving a 23-year sentence for sex abuse and rape.
The Dalles Chronicle reports that one woman was awarded $700,000, a second was awarded $800,000 and jurors said a third plaintiff should get $900,000. The women had sought $6 million each.
The jury returned its verdict Tuesday evening after beginning deliberations earlier in the day.
The lawsuit alleged that Mid-Columbia Medical Center and two executives didn’t take action that could have prevented the sex abuse. Jurors found that the hospital should pay all the damages.
A lawyer for the hospital said no decision on a possible appeal has yet been made.
The lawsuit concerned the acts of Dr. Frederick Field, who pleaded guilty in September 2012 to sedating and abusing patients and employees over four years.
October 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM
A man who raped an elderly woman in Kirkland and a disabled woman in Bellingham last year was sentenced this afternoon to 22 years in prison in King County Superior Court.
Moses Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree rape and first-degree burglary with sexual motivation for the attack on an 80-year-old woman in Kirkland on Oct. 25. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree rape for attacking a disabled woman in a Bellingham park two weeks before the Kirkland attack.
Kelly was linked to the attacks because his DNA was on file from a prior arrest for a carjacking in California, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“This case shows what a powerful tool DNA upon arrest can be,” King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said in a news release. “If not for California’s law that required Kelly to give a DNA sample when he was arrested, it is unlikely that we could have solved these predatory sexual assaults here in Washington.”
According to police, the Kirkland woman was walking into her home in the 9500 block of Northeast 128th Street around 11:45 a.m. Oct. 25 when she saw a man “swiftly approaching her.” She tried to quickly shut her door, but he pushed it open and shoved her onto the floor. He put his hand over her mouth and started to choke her during the assault.
The woman told police that the man pulled off her clothing and raped her.
She said the man told her that he was homeless and had recently gotten out of a four-year relationship. During the sexual assault the woman bit the man on one of his hands, police said.
October 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM
YAKIMA (AP) — Two more woman have accused a Yakima doctor who is charged with raping a patient during a pelvic exam.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the latest sex assault allegations against Dr. Fady Sabry were filed Monday in Yakima County Superior Court. The women said they were assaulted during exams.
Sabry was arrested last month and charged with raping a woman during an Aug. 30 exam he called a pelvic massage.
He’s scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
August 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM
A former Microsoft senior program manager was charged last week with second-degree rape for allegedly forcing himself on a janitor inside his office on the company’s Redmond campus.
Vineet Kumar Srivastava, 36, was arrested July 26, four days after he allegedly raped a 32-year-old woman, charging papers say. He spent 24 hours in the King County Jail before posting a $150,000 bond, jail records show.
King County prosecutors — noting that Srivastava had worked for Microsoft only for one month and that he has the means to travel — had asked a judge to order Srivastava to relinquish his passport as a condition of his release. According to a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Srivastava’s defense team said his passport had been turned over to the court.
Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said Tuesday that Srivastava’s employment was terminated after the alleged attack. Gellos said Microsoft contracts with an outside company to provide cleaning services.
According to charging documents, the alleged victim was cleaning the third-floor kitchen in Building No. 27 around 11 p.m. on July 22 when Srivastava approached her and motioned for her to follow him down the hall to his office. She grabbed her cleaning supplies and followed him, “assuming he needed something clean(ed) in his office,” the papers say.
Once inside the office, Srivastava allegedly grabbed the woman’s breasts and buttocks, showed her pornographic videos on his cellphone, then slammed her to the floor and raped her, charging papers say. The woman screamed and struggled to get away, then lay on the floor crying while Srivastava left the office to dispose of the condom he wore during the attack, according to the papers.
The woman called her supervisor but couldn’t reach him until nearly 1 a.m. on July 23. When she did, the supervisor “discounted what she reported and he failed to report it to the authorities,” charging papers say. The woman reported the incident to a female supervisor the evening of July 24, and that supervisor called police, according to the papers, which do not indicate the name of the cleaning company. While he declined to name the cleaning company, Gellos said he would pass along a reporter’s contact information to the company.
Redmond police say Srivastava claimed the woman forced him to have sex, saying he was “afraid of her,” but had retrieved a condom from his car, then reluctantly returned to his office because he “felt like he had no choice,” charging papers say. “He said he should have been stronger but was missing his wife who has been in India” since July 8, according to the charges.
The charging papers note that Srivastava said he had no injuries or bruising after the incident, while the woman had bruises on both shoulders “that appeared consistent with finger pressure.” The woman identified Srivastava from a photo montage and also turned over unwashed clothing that she was wearing at the time of the alleged attack, the papers say.
According to court records, Srivastava has retained David Allen and Todd Maybrown of Allen, Hansen & Maybrown, a Seattle criminal defense firm, to represent him.
August 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM
Seattle police say the man pictured at right is wanted in connection with a sexual assault last weekend.
Just after 3 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 1700 block of Northwest 85th Street after a woman reported a man she had just met at a nearby bus stop had followed her home and sexually assaulted her outside her apartment complex.
The suspect is described as black, 25 to 30 years old, unknown height and medium build. He had a slight goatee, and was wearing a jacket that was partially orange.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the SPD’s Sexual Assault unit at 206-684-5575.
July 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM
Seattle police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted and robbed an elderly woman at knife point in Seattle’s Chinatown International District this afternoon.
The woman, in her 80s, was attacked after entering an apartment complex on the 200 block of Sixth Avenue South just before 2 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department.
The suspect followed her through the building’s back door, punched her in the head and knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, police said. He took the woman’s money and some personal possessions.
Detectives have not determined the man’s race, but believe he is about 6 feet, 165 pounds, and has dark hair. He was wearing a light-colored tank top, black pants, a large necklace and carried a black backpack.
The victim was being treated at Harborview Medical Center for her injuries Wednesday night, according the Seattle Police Department blotter.
A spokeswoman for the Seattle Housing Authority, which runs the residential complex, said on Thursday morning that additional employees will be posted and enhanced security measures will be added to the building.
Staff members will also be working with interpreters to ensure that residents know what happened and learn what they can do to protect themselves and their neighbors, she said.
The complex is among the housing authority’s most sought-after residence and is among its safest, she said.
Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect is asked to call 911.
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