Crime

Warrant issued for Olympia man accused of child molestation

A Thurston County judge issued an arrest warrant for a 45-year-old Olympia man after he failed to appear in court Tuesday on child molestation charges.

The man was arrested after a 13-year-old female family member accused him of trying to rape her. The defendant was scheduled to be arraigned by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch, but he failed to appear at the 10 a.m. hearing.

He is charged with second-degree child molestation and indecent liberties.

Court documents give the following account:

Police officers began investigating the defendant after the girl told a friend via Facebook that the suspect had tried to rape her and that she needed help. The girl told her friend, “I don’t know what to do. ... I feel trapped.”

A Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the friend’s house and began chatting with the girl on Facebook. She gave the deputy her relative’s name, and an Olympia police officer found the home.

During an interview, the girl said that she had been living with the suspect’s family and that he had assaulted her on two occasions. During the assaults, he lay on top of her, tried to kiss her and put his hands up her shirt.

The man was arrested March 13, and later released from the Thurston County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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