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Suspect in jail after alleged weekend rape

A Spokane man is accused of raping a woman last weekend at an upscale downtown hotel. Benjamin F. Cooper, 25, was arrested early Saturday after the alleged victim said he …


Center releases sex predator

The second man to be sent to Washington’s commitment center for sex predators has been released after nearly 20 years.


Jury acquits former survival instructor of rape

A former survival instructor smiled Wednesday as a Spokane jury read its decision to exonerate him of three counts of first-degree rape. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, asked his attorney, Christian …


Survival instructor found not guilty of rape

A Spokane jury found a former civilian survival instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base not guilty of rape and assault today.


Jury deliberating in Fairchild contractor’s rape case

An 11-man, one-woman jury this morning will begin deliberating the rape case of a civilian contractor at Fairchild Air Force Base.


National security issues take stage in Fairchild rape case

National security questions have been raised during the Spokane rape trial of a civilian contractor who, according to court testimony, took a woman he just met over the Internet into …


Spokane police re-evaluate woman’s rape claim

New information has prompted Spokane police to re-evaluate a woman’s claim that she was raped early Saturday.


Fairchild rape trial begins

The trial started Tuesday for a hostage interrogation expert charged with taking a woman he had just met over the Internet into a one of the most restricted facilities at …


Jury chooses death for West Valley grad

A 1999 West Valley High graduate convicted of rape and murder in Reno, Nev., should die for his crimes, a jury ruled Wednesday.


Man pleads guilty to raping woman he met through church

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty today to raping a girl he met at a church function.


WV grad guilty of rape, murder

RENO, Nev. – A former Spokane man was convicted Thursday of raping and strangling a 19-year-old college student during a string of attacks that had the city of Reno on …


Former Spokane man convicted of Nevada rape, murder

RENO, Nev. — A former Spokane man was convicted today of raping and strangling a 19-year-old college student during a string of attacks that had the city of Reno on …


Man arrested after officers chase stolen vehicle

A fugitive sex offender armed with knives and driving a stolen vehicle led officers on a chase Monday through west Spokane, police said.


Former church youth leader sentenced on rape charges

A former Post Falls church youth leader could be out of custody in about six months after being sentenced Thursday for three counts of statutory rape.


Park rapist gets 15-month term

A brain-damaged homeless man could serve either four more months or up to five years in prison based on a sentence Friday for a rape that occurred in broad daylight …


Victims, families share their heartaches, healing

Sitting in a courtroom Thursday listening to a man plead guilty for his role in her son’s murder, Tracey Cochran felt voiceless, and desperate. “It’s so hard to sit there …


Alleged exposure sends rapist to jail

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend is in Spokane County Jail after police say he exposed himself to a 4-year-old girl.


Sex offender living as transient in county

A man who raped an elderly woman at knifepoint in 1995 is living as a transient in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.


DNA triggers arrest in 1999 rape case

A suspect was arrested this week in a rape that’s been unsolved for more than 10 years.


Rape suspect jailed after standoff

A standoff with a Moses Lake man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint ended with his arrest late Wednesday after authorities pumped noxious gas into his hiding spot. Mario …


Cheney man accused of kidnap, rape

A Cheney man is accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her before she escaped to safety with the help of a passing truck driver. Charles V. Huckabee, 47, has …


Idaho measure would alter age-of-consent law

BOISE – If a 16- or 17-year-old girl has consensual sex with her 18- or 19-year-old boyfriend, the boy shouldn’t have to fear felony charges and being branded a sex …


Campus sexual assaults still rife

First of two parts Disturbingly little has changed when it comes to sexual assaults on college campuses. People still blame the victims. Victims still blame themselves. While there are more …


Man pleads not guilty in church rape case

A church worker pleaded not guilty today to a rape charge in which police allege he tied wire around a woman’s face, fastened her to a metal pipe in the …


Man convicted in assaults

A child rapist faces life in prison after a Spokane County jury convicted him Friday of three crimes involving sexual assaults against prostitutes. Pierre D. West, 49, clenched his jaw …


Sex offender convicted of rape, assault

A child rapist faces life in prison after a Spokane County jury convicted him Friday of three crimes involving sexual assaults against prostitutes.


Ex-PF church volunteer arrested on new rape charges

A 20-year-old former Post Falls church volunteer accused of raping teen girls is back in jail on new charges.


Rape suspect faces more charges

A man accused of raping a woman in a Fairchild Air Force Base interrogation room faces additional charges in an attack prosecutors say began after he showed the alleged victim …


Additional charges filed in Fairchild rape case

A man accused of raping a woman in a Fairchild Air Force Base interrogation room faces additional charges in an attack prosecutors say began after he showed the alleged victim …


In brief: Woman reports rape at survival center

An employee at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Survival Training Center is accused of raping a woman in an interrogation room. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, was in Spokane County Jail on …