Christian Sayre (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Christian Sayre (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

$1 million bail for Everett bar owner charged with rapes

Christian Sayre, 35, owner of The Anchor Pub, was charged last week with 10 counts of felony sex crimes.

EVERETT — An Everett bar owner pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 10 counts of felony sexual assault.

A judge maintained bail at $1 million for Christian Sayre, 35, owner of The Anchor Pub on Hewitt Avenue.

Last week, the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office charged Sayre with two counts of second-degree rape and eight counts of indecent liberties.

Sayre has owned the historic bar since 2014. Everett police arrested him for the second time in several months after more customers came forward accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy prosecutor Taryn Jones asked Superior Court Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw to impose some conditions in addition to keeping Sayre’s bail set at $1 million.

Jones asked the judge to impose no-contact and protection orders for 10 alleged victims. The deputy prosecutor also asked for a no-contact order between Sayre and the state’s civilian witnesses, with two exceptions. One of those was the mother of Sayre’s child. The other was a former employee of Sayre’s at The Anchor.

“My understanding is that (the employee) is currently involved in managing The Anchor Pub in some matter,” Jones told the court. “I do understand they may have communications related to that.”

The judge granted the no-contact orders and set a tentative trial date of Feb. 25.

The Daily Herald plans to follow developments in this case. If you have a story to share related to the investigation, please contact reporter Ellen Dennis at 425-339-3486; edennis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterellen.

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