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Alleged North Bend sexual assault

A 21-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old and 3-year-old at a daycare center his mother ran out of their home.

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NORTH BEND — Disturbing details are coming out about alleged child-sex abuse at a home day care in North Bend.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating claims that the son of the day care operator abused two young children who were being cared for in his home. Charging documents detail sexual acts involving the children that allegedly took place inside the home where 21-year-old Lazarus Honeywell lives.

According to the paperwork, Honeywell’s mother had been watching two children for three years – and the alleged abuse had been going on for much of that time. Prosecutors said Honeywell sexually molested a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old while his mother babysat them.

“I’ve got two small ones,” said neighbor Lena Kelly. “Everyone seems real nice around here, so it’s shocking.”

“The family’s been so nice to us,” said neighbor Paul Hansen. “I just can’t believe that — I hope it’s not true.”

The court documents contain details that say Honeywell engaged in repeated sexual conduct with the young children and told the older boy to keep quiet about the contact, telling the young boy that “it’s just our thing.”

The boy also told investigators that he told Honeywell he wanted it to stop.

Neighbors worry there may be more young victims, since so many kids play in the area.

“We’ve got a lot of kids in this neighborhood,” Kelly said. “My son goes to school, there’s a school right down the street, there’s a park – there’s always kids out here.”

Prosecutors asked the judge to set bail at $150,000. Prosecutors also said Honeywell admitted to one incident of inappropriate touching, but denies anything else happened. Honeywell is in the King County Jail facing child rape and child molestation charges.

child-sexNORTH BEND, Wash. — The 21-year-old son of a daycare worker was charged with three counts of child molestation recently in King County Superior Court.

Lazarus Honeywell is accused of inappropriately touching a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl who attended the daycare his mother operated out of their home. According to King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg, Honeywell lived at the daycare from July 2010 to April 2013.

The allegations came to light when the 5-year-old boy told his mother that Honeywell touched him while the two lay in Honeywell’s bed. Officials said when they interviewed the boy he became very uncomfortable, but ultimately admitted that Honeywell had inappropriately touched him.

Investigators went to the daycare where Honeywell answered the door and allegedly said, “I thought this was taken care of.”  Honeywell claimed the two children woke him when he was sleeping and began playing with his penis. He also claimed he was in such a “fog,” that he couldn’t remember much.

The 21-year-old was arrested and booked into the King County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. He has no criminal history.

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