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Rape alleged at Spokane church

A man is accused of raping a woman early Saturday at a Spokane church where he works.

Police arrested Michael J. Bosch, 47, early Saturday after a woman said he attacked her in the basement of Mending Fences Ministry, 1906 E. Sprague, according to court documents. 

Bosch met the woman on East Sprague about 2:30 a.m. and the two discussed “possible sexual activity” before going to Mending Fences, documents allege.

Bosch works at the church and had a key, police said.

Bosch smoked crack cocaine before tying wire around the woman’s face and mouth and placing a plastic bag over her head, according to court documents.

Bosch tied the woman to a metal pipe before sexually assaulting her, police said.

The woman smashed a window and ran to a nearby motor home, where a resident called police.

Officers found the woman with a wire around her neck and face with pieces of a plastic bag stuck to it. Bosch had a scratch on his cheek and cut on a finger that he told police he’d gotten earlier in the week.

Church pastor Kevin Ch’en allowed detectives to search the building. Mending Fences ministers to the homeless and people with problems like drug addiction.

Bosch’s bail was set at $50,000 after he appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Monday via video feed from the jail.


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