A man initially accused of raping an Olympia girl more than seven years ago pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced Monday in Thurston County Superior Court.
Roy F. Bostwick, 45, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault (domestic violence) and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 87 of those days suspended.
Bostwick was given credit for time served — 278 days in jail since his arrest — and will be released, said Megan Winder, deputy prosecuting attorney. Winder noted at Monday’s hearing that the sentence “is very much in the defendant’s favor.”
Bostwick was arrested in September 2014. The victim’s mother had learned in 2012 that Bostwick had sexually assaulted her daughter between December 2007 and February 2008 when the girl was 9 years old, according to court documents. Bostwick had been dating the victim’s mother at the time.
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In an interview with detectives, Bostwick denied having sexual intercourse with the girl, but admitted to “accidental touching” and tickling, according to court documents. Documents show Bostwick had been previously investigated by Centralia police for allegations of touching a 10-year-old girl.
Bostwick’s plea was called an in re barr plea. This type of plea is not an admission of guilt, but rather it’s a plea to lesser substitute charges that were not actually committed in order to receive the benefit of a plea bargain, according to a definition on the state court’s website.
At Monday’s hearing, the victim’s grandmother addressed the court and said she hopes Bostwick can get help so that he doesn’t hurt other children.