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SIU Detectives Arrest Lynnwood Man for First-degree Child Rape and First-degree Child Molestation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2022
CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263
BOTHELL, Wash. – Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives arrested a 21-year-old Lynnwood man for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.
In 2019, the suspect was hired by the family via an online babysitting service to provide child care for their children multiple days per week at their residence in unincorporated Bothell. The suspect provided child care for the family for approximately four months in 2019 and then started again during the summer of 2021. During this time, the victim’s sibling observed inappropriate interactions between the suspect and the 7-year-old victim and reported it to a parent. The incident was first reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) and on January 21, 2022, CPS referred the case to law enforcement.
Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU) detectives began investigating the case and learned the suspect was actively employed at a daycare center in Lynnwood. His employment there was terminated due to the active criminal investigation.
With assistance of Child Interview Specialists and medical providers at Dawson Place, SIU detectives conducted an investigation and developed probable cause to arrest the 21-year-old suspect for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.
On Thursday, the 21-year-old suspect was arrested at his Lynnwood residence without incident. He was transported and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.
This remains an active investigation.