Kennewick - A Kennewick teen convicted of inappropriately touching a young girl earlier this year has been accused of sexually assaulting a second child and police say there could be more victims out there.
Kristofer Alan Putnam, 17, is charged in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree rape of child for allegedly forcibly raping a grade-school boy near an apartment complex where Putnam lived, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
The second victim disclosed the assault on Aug. 20 and Putnam was charged last week, Lattin said. The boy did not know about allegations against Putnam from the first child, he said.
Investigators suspect the second student was sexually assaulted once by Putnam, but believe additional children may have been sexually abused by Putnam between 2004 and 2010, Lattin said.
Putnam lived at 3030 W. Fourth Ave. in Kennewick for several years.
“It’s very likely that there were others and the parents just don’t know about it,” Lattin said. “We’re kind of hoping parents will take this opportunity and use the resources available and have the parent-child talk to find out if anyone has done any inappropriate touching.”
The young girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted from 2004 to 2007, Lattin said. The abuse was reported in April.
He has since pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child and was sentenced to nine years in prison on Aug. 27, a week after the second child came forward with allegations.
The second victim recently told authorities that during the summer of 2005, he was playing with some boys near a Kennewick apartment complex when Putnam called him over behind some Dumpsters, according to court documents.
Putnam, who then was 12, forcibly grabbed the boy by the collar, pulled him back and covered him by the mouth so he couldn’t speak, documents said.
Prosecutors allege Putnam sexually assaulted and raped the boy, who was reportedly able to describe it in detail for investigators.Putnam pleaded innocent last week to the new charge and faces a Dec. 27 trial.
Lattin said that anyone with information about additional alleged victims living in or around the 3000 block of West Fourth Avenue should call Detective Bill Dramis at 582-1329.
Parents who suspect their child may have been a victim can get help talking to their child by contacting the Sexual Assault Response Center at 374-5391.
Parents are also asked not to pressure their children for details about the encounter if they disclose a sexual assault took place, but to call police or SARC.