By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — U.S. Marshals recently escorted a convicted rapist from a Colorado prison to Snohomish County, where the man faces charges for a 2008 attack on a Lynnwood teen.
Marc Patrick O’Leary made a brief court appearance Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty to rape, kidnapping and burglary. O’Leary is scheduled to be back in court next week and is expected to plead guilty to the Lynnwood attack and also admit to raping a 63-year-old woman in Kirkland that same year, Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis was told.
O’Leary already is serving a 325-year prison sentence for a series of sexual assaults in Colorado.
The former Mountlake Terrace man, 33, was connected to the Lynnwood rape after detectives in Colorado discovered a picture of the victim among O’Leary’s belongings.
The teen had reported the rape to Lynnwood police, saying she had been tied up, blindfolded and sexually assaulted by a stranger. The armed attacker took photographs of the woman, then 18, and threatened to post them on the Internet if she went to police.
Not long after the attack, Lynnwood investigators closed the case, reporting that the woman changed her story. Lynnwood city prosecutors charged her with false reporting. She eventually pleaded guilty and was ordered to undergo mental health counseling.
Lynnwood detectives reopened the case last year after they were notified of the evidence discovered in Colorado. Police there were investigating attacks on four women. They discovered more than 400 pictures documenting sexual assaults.
As in the incidents in Washington, O’Leary took pictures of the victims and threatened to post them online if the women reported the crimes.
O’Leary reportedly told an acquaintance that he was in a secret society and entitled to have sex with whomever he wanted.
He is expected to serve out his sentences in Colorado.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.