Woman pleads guilty to sex charge

A 20-year-old Sunnyside woman who was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree rape of a child last summer, two weeks ago, pled guilty to a lesser charge of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Maribel Rocha Flores was arrested by Sunnyside police detectives in August following an investigation that was referred to the department by Child Protection Services. The allegations were that the suspect was having sex with a teenager, according to police officials. The incident is reported to have occurred in the 1400 block of South Sixth Street.

The initial second degree rape charges were amended, and Flores was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 345 days suspended, based on good behavior.

According to court officials, if Flores doesn't violate her probation, the additional days in jail won't be reinstated.

The second charge of second degree rape of a child was dismissed.

Flores also incurred court fines, including $500 fee for the crime penalty fund, $110 in court costs and $600 for a court appointed attorney. Flores was also charged $100 for a DNA test, which is a requirement in Yakima County. Restitution fees have not been inflicted, but they have been left open in case the victim has to attend counseling.

. Melissa Browning can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mbrowning@eaglenewspapers.com


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