A Thurston County judge set bail at $200,000 for Nicholas R. Carlin, a 28-year-old Army specialist accused raping his 7-year-old stepdaughter.
Carlin was arrested Thursday and booked into the Thurston County Jail. He appeared before Judge Anne Hirsch on Friday.
Hirsch found probable cause for eight proposed charges: one count of first-degree child rape, one count of incest, five counts of possession of depictions of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Deputy Prosecutor Christen Peters told the judge that the proposed charges are just the “tip of the iceberg” in the case, and that more proposed charges will likely come before the court Monday. Because of the nature of the charges, she asked the judge to impose a high bail.
“The defendant is clearly a danger to the community, and specifically to minors,” Peters said.
Court documents give the following account of the events leading to Carlin’s arrest:
The Army Criminal Investigations Division began investigating Carlin in October 2014 after a neighbor reported that Carlin had been sexually abusing his stepdaughter. The Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force joined the investigation earlier this month.
Investigators obtained a warrant for Carlin’s cell phone, and found images depicting a young girl having sex with an adult male. They also found a video showing Carlin’s face and a young girl’s genitals.
Five of the images clearly show the face of one young girl, and several others show a girl wearing the same clothing.
Investigators searched Carlin’s apartment and discovered that many of the images found on the phone match rooms in his home. Carlin’s wife positively identified the child in the images.