In news just in minutes ago, Lacey, Washington, police said they have arrested a 27-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier on allegations that he raped his 10-year-old stepdaughter and had sexual contact with her friend who is just six years old.
Due to the nature of the crime and the age of the victims, the name of the suspect was not published by media sources. Naming a suspect in this case could identify the victims.
The Lacey man is being held in the Thurston County Jail on $100,000 bail. Yesterday, at the suspect’s bond hearing, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor found probable cause for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation charges.
The Olympian, a trusted local news source, broke the story. They released court documents giving an account of the events leading up to the arrest of the Soldier:
On July 15, Lacey police responded to a Lacey home after a friend of the suspect reported that the suspect hadn’t shown up to work, and that he wasn’t answering the door or his phone. The friend had a key to the home, and opened the front door, which was blocked by a couch.
Officers entered the home and found a suicide note and wedding ring sitting on the kitchen table. The suspect was in the laundry room and had a gun.
Eventually, police were able to persuade the suspect to surrender the gun. The suspect, a Soldier, was transported to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he was placed in psychiatric care.
On July 16, a Lacey police officer was contacted by a sexual assault clinic in Montana. Clinic staff told the officer that a 10-year-old Lacey girl had been staying with her grandparents for the summer, and she told them that she had been sexually assaulted by the suspect, her stepfather.
The 10- year-old girl reported that the abuse began about four years ago. The Soldier was arrested by Lacey police officers immediately after he was released from psychiatric care at the nearby Army post. The suspect told police that on July 15, he was aware of the allegations made by his stepdaughter.
This isn’t the first time a Soldier from JBLM has been arrested on charges of child rape. Last month, a Thurston County judge set bail at $200,000 for Nicholas R. Carlin, a 28-year-old Army specialist accused raping his 7-year-old stepdaughter. Interestingly, that Soldier’s name was released to the press.
In yesterday’s case, there are at least two known victims but the investigation is ongoing. There was no comment from the military regarding this case; all medical records are off limits to media. There was no information on when the alleged child rapist will be back in court.