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8-year-old Kent girl sexually assaulted

KENT — The Kent Police Department said Thursday night (Nov. 7) that detectives are investigating a sexual assault involving an 8-year-old girl and that they have a 14-year-old suspect in custody.

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SEATTLE – The 14-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Kent is facing facing charges of first-degree rape and first-degree child rape.

The attack happened Thursday in a wooded area behind a hotel in Kent. The girl was hospitalized but has since been released.

KENT CHILD RAPEThe 14-year-old waived his court appearance on Friday, but another one hearing is set for next week.

The suspect may have beaten the young girl unconscious during the attack.

“She suffered a concussion, abrasions and things of that nature,” prosecuting attorney Michael Mohandeson said. “She may have lost consciousness as well.”

Police say the suspect lured the young girl into the woods by promising to show her a surprise. After the attack, the girl went inside the nearby hotel searching for help and a clerk called police.

Mohandeson says this case is especially troubling.

“This is definitely outside the norm by far,” Mohandeson said. “The aggressive nature of it, that’s the main thing about it in conjunction with the child’s age.”

Psychologist Greg Jantz said cases like this don’t just happen at random.

“This is something that things had to happen before this,” Jantz said. “There were other things that happened in this boy’s life for him to do this.”

Jantz also said young people just don’t always realize the serious nature of their actions until it’s too late.

The 14-year-old suspect is being held at the King County Youth Detention Center until a hearing on next week.

Jantz said kids facing serious trouble sometimes don’t get the help they need until it’s too late.

“Obviously we’re concerned about the girl and giving her the proper help. We need to make sure the young man is getting the help that he needs. He’s really represented by many other young men who are doing similar things, or close to doing similar things, and they’re not getting the help they need,” Jantz said.

It was learned that the defendant’s 15-year-old brother was also arrested for similar crimes this summer. He was charged as an adult and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape. It’s possible the younger brother in this case could be tried as an adult, too.

kent1.jpgSEATTLE – The boy accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl is scheduled to appear in front of a juvenile court judge this afternoon. The judge will decide to either keep the boy in detention or release him to his parents.

Kent Police say the 14-year-old suspect lured the 8-year-old into a wooded area and then assaulted her. The girl managed to get away and get help at a nearby hotel on the corner of South 47th and Willis streets in Kent.

Staff members at the hotel called 911 and detectives began their investigation. The victim was able to lead police to the suspect’s home and police arrested the teen.

The girl was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, the extent of her injuries are unknown.

Melanie Frazier, with the Kent Police Department, said, “This is horrific. This hits home for anybody who has children. A lot of us have children and an incident like this, words can’t express how difficult it is to even process and deal with situations like this even as an officer.”

KENT– Police say an 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a 14-year-old boy Thursday afternoon in a wooded area near her home. Now neighbors are saying they will keep a close eye on all children in the area.

kent1.jpgPolice say the 14-year-old suspect lured the eight year-old into a wooded area and then assaulted her. The girl managed to get away and get help at a nearby hotel on the corner of South 47th and Willis streets in Kent.

Staff members at the hotel called 911 and detectives began their investigation. The victim was able to lead police to the suspects home and police arrested the teen.

The girl was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. We do not know the extent of her injuries. Police say this is just a horrific incident.

Melanie Frazier, with the Kent Police Department, said, “This is horrific. This hits home for anybody who has children. A lot of us have children and an incident like this, words can’t express how difficult it is to even process and deal with situations like this even as an officer.”

Neighbors were shocked  by the news and say they will keep a closer eye on kids in the area.

Scott Martin said, “Now that something of that nature happened so we will be keeping more of an eye out just for the particulars of what these kids are doing. Might be a little more paranoia but all the same. Some paranoia is better than nothing.”

Police say the suspect has been transferred to a juvenile holding facility.

KENT — The Kent Police Department said Thursday night that detectives are investigating a sexual assault involving an 8-year-old girl and that they had taken a 14-year-old suspect into custody.

kent1.jpg“The incident occurred in the woods behind the Red Lion in Kent, located off of 74th and Willis St.,” a police statement said.

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Kent police said. Her condition was not immediately known.

The victim was able to provide critical information about the suspect to police, detective Melanie Frazier said, whereupon it was learned that the suspect was a friend of one of the victim’s family members.

With the information provided from the victim, police were able to locate the 14-year-old suspect in a nearby residence, where he was taken into custody.

The girl lives in a housing development behind the Red Lion in Kent, police said.

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