A Thurston County judge set bail at $200,000 for a 36-year-old man suspected of raping a young boy at knifepoint.
The man appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to four criminal charges: one count of first-degree rape of a child while armed with a deadly weapon, and three counts of first-degree child rape.
The Olympian does not release the names of suspects when doing so could identify victims.
The crimes were alleged to have occurred in 2013, while the family lived in Lacey. Law enforcement began investigating the man last July after a 15-year-old girl reported that her younger brother had told her that the suspect had sexually assaulted him multiple times, while he was 6 and 7 years old, according to court documents.
The boy participated in a forensic interview and reported that the man had raped him, urinated in his mouth and forced him to perform oral sex. The boy also said that once, the man held a knife and threatened to cut off his genitals if he didn’t perform oral sex, according to court documents.
Deputy Prosecutor Craig Juris said that the suspect has a lengthy criminal history, dating back to the mid-1990s.
An arrest warrant was issued for the man on Feb. 11, but he was already serving time in the Cedar Creek Corrections Center for theft and possession of stolen property convictions in Pierce County.