Crime

New trial set for former Olympia school bus driver accused of child rape

Jimmy Wall (second from right) appeared for trial Nov. 8 in Thurston County Superior Court. He is represented by attorney Wayne Fricke (right). The case was heard by Judge Chris Lanese. That trial ended in a mistrial, so a new trial has been scheduled.
Jimmy Wall (second from right) appeared for trial Nov. 8 in Thurston County Superior Court. He is represented by attorney Wayne Fricke (right). The case was heard by Judge Chris Lanese. That trial ended in a mistrial, so a new trial has been scheduled. Olympian file photo

Last month, a jury couldn’t decide whether to convict a former Olympia school bus driver on child rape and molestation charges. Now, another trial has been scheduled for Jimmy W. Wall.

Wall’s first trial on allegations that he sexually assaulted a then 10-year-old male student ended in a mistrial on Nov. 15. The jury deliberated for 11 hours but could not reach a unanimous decision.

Wall, 51, was charged in 2016 with four counts of first-degree child rape and two counts of first-degree child molestation. He was accused of sexually assaulting the boy who attended Madison Elementary School during and after the 2007-2008 school year.

Wall’s new trial is set for Feb. 26.

The alleged victim in the case, now 20, accused Wall and another former Olympia school bus driver of sexually assulting him during geocaching trips. Both he and Wall testified during the previous trial, with Wall denying all of the allegations.

Wall could be joined at trial by Gary Shafer, 39, who is accused of sexually assaulting the same student. He is charged with four counts of first-degree child rape.

Shafer has been serving a 14 1/2 -year sentence at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen since pleading guilty in 2011 to three counts of child molestation and one child pornography possession charge. Those charges also stem from sexual assaults of Olympia School District students.

Deputy Prosecutor Brandi Archer filed a motion on Dec. 6 to join the two cases. The two sides will go before a judge on Dec. 28 to decide the issue.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445, @Amelia_Oly

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