The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar

Splash! Summer guide

HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Friday, April 26, 2013, 3:35 p.m.

Man sought for allegedly molesting girl, 8

EVERETT -- Law officers are looking for a man who disappeared around the time doctors were investigating how an 8-year-old girl contracted a sexually-transmitted disease.
The suspect, 40, was living with the girl's mom in an Everett apartment at the time.
Both the mother and daughter were diagnosed with a form of herpes almost exclusively contracted by sexual contact.
Prosecutors earlier this week filed a charge of child molestation against the man. The Herald is not naming him to protect the privacy of the victim.
"There is no cure for this disease and it is expected to afflict (the girl) for the rest of her life," deputy prosecutor Andrew Alsdorf wrote in court papers.
The Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force has placed the suspect on its county-wide warrant list. Its top priority is identifying sex offenders accused of committing crimes against children.
"The task force has added the suspect to their ever-growing list of targets," Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.
The mother first became concerned about the girl's health in May 2012 because she was walking funny, court papers said. A pediatrician discovered a rash and reported the case to state Child Protective Services workers, who in turn notified the sheriff's office.
The girl initially was reticent about discussing what happened. Eventually, she opened up to her mother. She told her she was molested by the live-in boyfriend on more than one occasion.
She later told a child interview specialist at Dawson Place in Everett that she was scared she would get in trouble if she told someone.
She said the man "told her not to tell her mom because it would hurt her and also that he would hit her mother and sisters if she told," according to court papers.
A detective tried to track down the defendant to get his statement but the man moved out of the apartment when the doctor began to suspect abuse. The detective went to the suspect's employer at an auto detail shop but was told the man had quit and hadn't been heard from since.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com
Story tags » EverettCrimePoliceSex Crimes

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet highlights

A parking battleground
A parking battleground: Crowds flock to Lighthouse Park for beaches, farmers market
Summer on a plate
Summer on a plate: Many ways to enjoy melon, season's happiest fruit
'Everything fit perfectly'
'Everything fit perfectly': Lake Stevens QB explains why he committed to Georgia
The White Knight arrives
The White Knight arrives: Flying Heritage Collection adds piece of space flight history