Man wanted in Seattle in rape cases arrested

A 30-year-old Seattle man wanted by police in connection with juvenile rape cases in both Seattle and Las Vegas has been taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal Service, authorities said Saturday.

In mid-May, the King County Superior Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Anthony Martinez, alleging he sexually assaulted a girl on multiple occasions over a two year period.

On Thursday, Martinez was arrested at an apartment complex in Las Vegas and booked into jail in Las Vegas, where he will face local charges before being brought back to Washington state, the marshal’s office said.

In Nevada, Martinez also was wanted on a charge of committing a home-invasion robbery on May 21, assaulting a pregnant female and pistol whipping the woman’s boyfriend. He also was wanted on a charge of sexual assault of a minor.

Former youth coach sentenced for child rape

A former Redmond youth baseball coach has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for child rape and other charges.

Christopher Stefanik, 37, wept silently at his sentencing hearing on Friday as some of his victims told him about the damage he had done.

“I realize now this is going to be a lifelong battle for me,” said Reilly Johnson, 20 and a former member of the Redmond Devils team Stefanik once coached.

In March, Stefanik pleaded guilty to one count of child rape, three counts of child molestation, three counts of sexually exploiting a minor and three counts of possessing child pornography.

Stefanik admitted that between 1999 and 2004, he raped, molested and took explicit photos of a 13-year-old player, molested and took photos of another 13-year-old player, molested a 13-year-old neighbor and took explicit photos of a boy who was 6 or 7.

Lummi Nation: Death of baby ruled homicide

The death of a 4-month-old boy found in dirty diapers on a dirty mattress has been ruled a homicide.

Tyrell A. Jackson was found dead at a home on the Lummi Reservation on Monday, according to a death certificate signed by the Whatcom County medical examiner.

The death certificate showed the baby was dehydrated and 2 pounds lighter than his birth weight.

Chief Gary James of Lummi Law and Order, the police agency on the tribe’s land, would not release information about the case to The Bellingham Herald, but said the FBI was investigating the case.

Information from the death certificate has been forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. No charges have been filed.

Tacoma: Injured boy dies in hospital

A 3-month-old boy had died several days after being hospitalized with severe head injuries and bruising on his lower back and upper buttocks.

The Pierce County Medical Examiners Office, which took custody of Trystan Titus’ body after he died Saturday, did not immediately release the cause of death.

Pierce County prosecutors previously charged Brandon Justin Trevino, 24, of Graham, with first-degree domestic violence assault of a child, in relation to Trystan’s injuries.

Trevino pleaded not guilty and is being held in Pierce County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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