A sex offender has been jailed on child rape charges after three children told Cheney police he’d assaulted them.
A forensics technician and a Cheney police detective searched a trailer belonging to Bruce L. Austin, 55, at 2225 1st St. in Cheney Tuesday, where they seized a computer, cameras and other evidence, including a letter from New York about sex offender registration.
Austin (pictured in 2002) is in Spokane County Jail on $250,000 bail, where he was booked Oct. 8 after his alleged victims described the abuse in interviews with child specialists.
Two girls said Austin had molested them while they were at Cheney Baptist Church and at Austin’s trailer.
A boy said Austin had raped him after giving him alcohol and night-time medication.
Austin has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.
A news article in 2002 described him as a level 3 sex offender who served a year in prison after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with boys. He has a previous conviction in Alaska for sexual abuse of a child and first-degree sexual assault.