Child rape alleged

A 37-year-old Sunnyside man will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Yakima County Superior Court on 105 charges ranging from raping a child to possession of child pornography.

Sunnyside police detectives conducted a search warrant on a residence in the 900 block of South Fourth Street this past Wednesday based on an ongoing investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Northwest Internet Crimes Against Children and the Seattle Police Department, as well as an investigation done by the Sunnyside Police Department.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had received a cyber tip that an internet user has posted images of child pornography on a specific site. The victims in the pictures were males approximately five or six-years-old.

The search warrant served at the residence in the 900 block of South Fourth Street resulted in Sunnyside police detectives finding a number of pornographic images, videos, digital storage cards, magazines and other items.

Local police say forensic interviews with one of the young victims revealed that the suspect had molested and raped the victim a number of times over the last six months. The suspect was taken into custody by Sunnyside police and taken to the city jail. He will be taken to the Yakima County Jail today and arraigned in the afternoon.

Requested charges on the suspect include 10 counts of rape of a child, 10 counts of first degree molestation, 83 counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and two counts of dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Police anticipate more charges will be forthcoming as the investigation continues.


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