By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
LYNNWOOD — The suspect in a 2008 Lynnwood rape case was sentenced Friday to 325 years in prison for sex crimes against women in Colorado.
Marc Patrick O’Leary, 33, could be transported to Washington as early as March to answer to charges in connection with a sexual assault in Snohomish County. Once here, O’Leary is expected to plead guilty as charged, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Adam Cornell wrote in court papers filed Friday.
If he’s convicted in Washington, any sentence he receives likely would be served in a Colorado prison.
Cornell in April charged O’Leary with first-degree burglary with sexual motivation and first-degree kidnapping in connection with an August 2008 attack on a woman, then 18. She told authorities at the time that she’d been tied up, blindfolded and sexually assaulted by a stranger armed with knife. The attacker took photographs of her and threatened to post them online if she called police.
Detectives investigating the rapes in Colorado found a picture of the Lynnwood woman among O’Leary’s belongings. That led Lynnwood police to reopen the 2008 case.
Police had dropped the case after the woman changed her story about the incident. Lynnwood city prosecutors charged her with false reporting. She eventually pleaded guilty and was ordered to undergo mental health counseling.
Detectives in Colorado contacted Lynnwood police in February after they arrested O’Leary for the sexual assault of a woman in Golden, Colo. Authorities found more than 400 photographs of the assault on the woman. She also reported that the rapist threatened to post pictures of her on the Internet.
King County prosecutors also have charged O’Leary with rape, kidnapping, assault and burglary for a 2008 attack on a 63-year-old Kirkland woman. She reported being tied up, raped and photographed by a masked man.
O’Leary moved to Washington in 2006 after serving abroad with the U.S. Army. He later joined the Army Reserves and was assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord until September 2009. Prosecutors believe O’Leary was living in Mountlake Terrace at the time of the attacks in Lynnwood and Kirkland.
O’Leary allegedly told an acquaintance that he was in secret society and entitled to have sex with whomever he wanted.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.