Molester who volunteered confession gets 6 years

EVERETT — Some 15 years after abusing a toddler in his care, a Shoreline man is headed to prison a convicted sex offender.

Christian Flores, 37, told a judge Thursday that taking responsibility for his actions so many years later has been a “spiritual experience” and is necessary to move forward with his life.

“There’s only one way through this and that’s to hold myself accountable for this,” Flores said.

Flores made a surprise confession in September while he was in jail on an unrelated warrant. He detailed numerous occasions in the late 1990s when he assaulted his former girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. He reported sexually abusing the girl. He also broke the toddler’s collarbone.

The detective asked Flores why he was confessing. His response made little sense.

“I think that I’m such a (expletive) piece of (expletive) that no matter how much evidence they gather I can probably get off on that crime,” Flores said. “So, I want to make sure (the victim) gets justice.”

Last month, he pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis on Thursday sentenced the defendant to six years in prison. That’s 10 months shy of the maximum allowed under state sentencing guidelines.

Ellis gave Flores some credit for bringing the crime to the attention of police. He likely wouldn’t have faced criminal prosecution if he hadn’t initiated the confession, Ellis said.

The judge also called what Flores did “monstrous.”

Since his confession, the victim, now 18, has been forced to relive the abuse.

The criminal investigation has “stirred difficult and painful memories for her,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Jarett Goodkin told the judge.

The woman didn’t attend Thursday’s court hearing.

She told detectives that she remembered Flores hurting her. She recalled Flores throwing her against a wall. She also had memories of Flores inappropriately touching her when she was a child between the ages of two and three. She remembered feeling uncomfortable and fearful. She also recalled being in pain.

The girl’s mother told police that Flores, who was her live-in boyfriend, baby-sat her daughter while she was attending college in the late 1990s. She remembered the girl being hospitalized for a broken collarbone and pneumonia.

She said Flores was baby-sitting the girl when the child was injured. He never explained the broken bone, and she was too afraid to ask. The woman told investigators that Flores repeatedly beat her. She said she believed that she was the only person he was abusing. She described him as extremely violent and told detectives that during one “bender,” Flores killed the couple’s pets, including a lizard, kittens and a rabbit.

Once he’s released from prison, Flores must register as a sex offender. He is prohibited from having any contact with minors.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

Where to call

For more information about the signs of child abuse or how to report it, contact Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center at 425-388-7497 or go to www.dawsonplace.org.

More in Local News

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Paine Field fire chief will be allowed to retire

In his letter, the airport director noted Jeff Bohnet was leaving while under investigation.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

Woman, 47, found dead in Marysville jail cell

She’d been in custody about four days after being arrested on warrants, police said.

Mayor tries new tactic to curb fire department overtime

Stephanson says an engine won’t go into service when the only available staff would be on overtime.

Lynnwood man allegedly cuts Marysville’s 911 dispatch wires

The man reportedly told police he intended to trade the wires for drugs.

Ian Terry / The Herald Westbound cars merge from Highway 204 and 20th Street Southeast onto the trestle during the morning commute on Thursday, March 30 in Lake Stevens. Photo taken on 03302017
Pay a toll on US 2 trestle? 10,000 say no on social media

A GOP lawmaker’s chart shows theoretical toll rates of up to $6.30 to cross the trestle one way.

Most Read