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Man accused of raping 15-year-old girl

UPDATE: Bear was arrested on Feb. 13.

A reward is being offered for tips on a 33-year-old Spokane man suspected of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Tracy M. Bear is charged with unlawful imprisonment and two counts of second-degree rape for an alleged incident on Nov. 12.

The girl told police she met Bear at a park then accompanied him to a party, where she said he raped her in the bathroom. A stranger opened the bathroom door, allowing her to escape, according to court documents.

The girl ran from the house, which is in the 2300 block of West Everett Avenue, screaming that she'd been raped. She underwent a sexual assault examination at Providence Scared Heart Medical Center.

Bullet holes on Bear's Suburban helped identify him as a suspect. A $75,000 arrest warrant was issued Feb. 2.

Bear, 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, is considered to be a gang associate by police and has several felony convictions, including second-degree robbery, first-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree theft.

He last gave a home address in the 100 block of South Magnolia Street. Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Rape suspect underwent sex therapy

A 23-year-old Spokane man accused of a year-old rape underwent sex offender treatment as a teenager.

Louis Victor Kuster underwent treatment  after he was accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching four girls while a middle school student in Stevens County. He pleaded guilty to four counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation in 2002 and served two years probation.

After his arrest, detectives said in court documents that Kuster, then 14, “never appeared flustered, embarrassed or remorseful,” during interviews. “He did not seem to care about getting in trouble.”

His foster mother told police he needed counseling.

Kuster was arrested last week after DNA linked him to the rape of a 16-year-old girl on Jan. 1, 2010, police said.

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Man accused of rape in downtown lot

A Spokane man is accused of raping a man in a downtown parking lot last weekend.

Jonathan M. Ricardo, 31, is in jail on $150,000 bond for a second-degree rape charge. He was arrested Sunday after the alleged victim told police he was raped after drinking and playing pool with Ricardo at Irv's bar, then going to Ace's Casino on North Division.

The man, who was treated for sexual assault-related injuries at Deaconess Medical Center, told police that Ricardo drove him back downtown and raped him in a near-empty parking lot in downtown Spokane and gave him $100, according to court documents.

Ricardo appeared in Superior Court on Monday and remains at the Spokane County Jail.

Rapist gets 6 years for Dec. ‘08 attack

A 22-year-old Spokane man will serve more than six years in prison for raping a woman more than a year ago.

Brandon S. Coristine was sentenced to 78 months in prison last week after a jury of five women and seven men convicted him Jan. 19 of second-degree rape.

Coristine raped a woman who was passed out drunk at his home at 2304 W. Broadway Ave. on Dec. 7, 2008.

The woman was renting a room at the home, according to court documents.
Charges were filed on Aug. 31, after the Washington State Patrol crime lab confirmed Coristine’s DNA, according to court documents.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price, who presided over the four-day jury trial, sentenced Coristine last Wednesday.

Coristine was credited for 94 days served in Spokane County Jail and was ordered to pay $250 restitution.

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