Man arrested in rape of Lynden teen

LYNDEN - A 21-year-old man was arrested in Bellingham late Monday, Dec. 20, for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in Lynden.

Richard Ryan Ackerman was booked into Whatcom County Jail for three counts of rape of a child and marijuana possession.

Ackerman was an acquaintance of the girl's family and developed a friendship with her, which led to sexual relations, said Lynden Police Deputy Chief John Billester.

The crimes occurred between Oct. 18 and Nov. 15. The girl and her mother reported the crimes to police Dec. 10.