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Man faces 2 counts of child rape

Sat., June 15, 1996, 11:25 a.m.

A Spokane car wash attendant is facing rape charges for twice having sex with an 11-year-old girl, court records state.

Christopher M. Labertew, 23, is being held in the Spokane County Jail on two counts of first-degree child rape. District Court Commissioner Virginia Rockwood set bail Thursday at $75,000.

Detectives said in an affidavit of probable cause that Labertew had sexual intercourse with the girl Tuesday morning in his apartment at 1507 W. Seventh.

The girl told police he didn’t use a condom.

He apparently took the girl and her friend to his house the night before and supplied them with marijuana, prosecutors reported.

The girl’s mother found her at the apartment later Tuesday and noticed hickey bruises on her neck, the affidavit states.

The woman drove her daughter to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where hospital staff found evidence of sexual intercourse, detectives said.

They notified police, who on Wednesday arrested Labertew at the car wash where he works on East Sprague.

Labertew, who has been convicted of theft and has a long juvenile record, later admitted to detectives he had sex with the girl, detectives said.

The victim’s mother said she saw her daughter with Labertew the day before the reported rapes and told him the girl was 11, police said. Another woman also told Labertew the girl’s age, the affidavit states.

Labertew, who has a “White Pride” tattoo on his back, told his landlords that the girl was 17, detectives said.

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