Nonprofit cofounder accused of child rape

EVERETT — A Seattle man who cofounded a nonprofit organization that fights sexual exploitation of Nepalese children has been arrested for investigation of child rape and exchanging sexually graphic photos with a south Snohomish County girl.

The suspect, 40, is accused of having sex dozens of times with a girl who was in her early teens. An Everett District Court judge on Thursday set bail at $50,000.

The man, who has not been charged, reportedly is from Nepal. The Herald is not reporting the suspect’s name to help protect the girl’s identity.

The girl told a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputy in February that she had a three-year relationship with the man beginning when she was 13.

The suspect allegedly admitted having sex with the child and to receiving a nude photo from her and sending her graphic pornographic photos, according to court papers.

Detectives believe there could have been up to 100 instances of sexual contact between the man and girl in King County between 2010 and 2012 and another half-dozen in Lynnwood after that.

The girl told investigators that she decided to tell her mother what happened last month. She said “she has felt the burden of coming forward for some time now and she realized she couldn’t live with it any longer,” a sheriff’s office detective wrote in court papers used to establish probable cause to arrest the man.

“(She) is essentially a very brave girl to do what she did,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

In arguing for a high bail, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Matt Baldock said the girl’s mother is concerned the suspect will try to contact her daughter.

“There is evidence of prior manipulation,” Baldock said.

The suspect, who described himself as an information technology professional, allegedly admitted to creating a fake Facebook profile and convincing the girl to trade sexually graphic photos by computer.

The nonprofit he helped start, the WPPC Nepal Foundation, claims to fight against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children. It reportedly raises money and works to increase awareness about human trafficking in Nepal while helping victims.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

District takes steps to secure school campuses

Safety measures have been enhanced at Hawthorne and Silver Firs elementary schools in Everett.

Local police join thousands honoring slain Canadian officer

Abbotsford Const. John Davidson was killed Nov. 6 in a shootout with a suspected car thief.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

1 arrested after SWAT team moves in on Marysville house

The incident was connected to an earlier robbery.

Darrington School Board race might come down to a coin flip

With a one-vote difference, a single ballot in Skagit County remains to be counted.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

County Council upholds ban on safe heroin injection sites

At Monday’s public hearing, more than 15 people spoke in support of the ban. No one spoke against it.

Lynnwood, Marysville, Sultan consider ban on safe injection sites

If approved, they would join Lake Stevens and Snohomish County, which have temporary bans.

Most Read