Judge sets bail for suspects in Tumwater sex trafficking arrest

Two men appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court in connection with the alleged sex trafficking of two minors.

The suspects were arrested last week at a Tumwater residence in the 7600 block of Henderson Boulevard Southeast and are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 16. Charges are expected to be formally filed this week.

Timothy Scott Harrison, a 25-year-old transient with an extensive criminal background, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and faces one count of third degree rape of a child and one count of commercial sexual abuse of a minor. Stephen Rey Johantgen, a 19-year-old transient, is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and faces the same charges.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force were investigating a tip that two female juveniles had run away from a state facility called Haven House, according to court documents.

One of the females, age 15, told a detective that Harrison was trying to “pimp her out” as a prostitute, according to documents, which noted the second suspect paid money to have sex with the juvenile.

The girl told detectives that both men had sex with her repeatedly in a recreational vehicle on the Tumwater property, and believed Harrison may have gotten her pregnant, according to documents.

Harrison told detectives he met the 15-year-old female at the artesian well in downtown Olympia, which detectives say is a common hangout for runaways, according to documents.

At Monday’s court hearing, Judge James Dixon said Harrison had 24 prior criminal convictions and had been released from prison in August. Johantgen had no known convictions, said Dixon, noting that both suspects are presumed innocent unless the accusations are proved beyond a reasonable doubt.