EVERETT — An Everett man who crashed while street racing in 2012, killing his 7-year-old son, is now charged with sex crimes involving a teenage boy.
It is the second sex case brought against John Alves, 36, this year. In January he was charged with second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, a felony, after Everett police say they caught him carrying a cellphone filled with child pornography.
The new charges, including second-degree child rape, are connected to the child-porn investigation.
Alves in 2012 was racing along Evergreen Way with his son, a second-grader, in the front seat. Alves crashed head-on into a minivan. The boy died at the scene. Blood tests later showed Alves was intoxicated from marijuana. He was convicted and sent to prison.
The porn investigation began in June after a family member told police that Alves had a cellphone that appeared to contain hundreds of images of nude boys.
A detective tracked down Alves and obtained a search warrant to examine the phone’s contents. It yielded hundreds of images of apparent child pornography, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman said in court papers.
Alves was living at a home near Stanwood when police moved in for the arrest. He reportedly tried to hide in the crawl space under the house.
Detectives learned that Alves had been sharing a room with a boy younger than 15. When questioned, the teen initially denied sexual activity, but acknowledged that had occurred when told there was video, court papers said.
Alves is locked up at the county jail on $100,00 bail. He pleaded not guilty to the new charges Monday, and a May trial has been scheduled.
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