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Sirens & Gavels rape archive

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

Spokane man wins new trial

The Washington State Supreme Court today overturned the second-degree rape conviction of a Spokane man, saying the trial judge violated the man’s right to a fair trial by including a jury instruction that the defense didn’t want. In the 6-3 decision, the state’s high court...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Do you know this child porn peddler?

Federal authorities are trying to identify a woman who is featured in child pornography with victims who have yet to be rescued. The woman could live anywhere in the United States. She is depicted in several videos discovered in June during a child pornography investigation...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Rape suspect wanted after skipping plea 

UPDATE: Green is no longer wanted. He appeared in court and pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. The rape charge was dismissed. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an accused rapist who missed his scheduled plea hearing. J....

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Reward for tips on 3 sex offenders

Three sex offenders classified as the least likely to reoffend are wanted by Crime Stoppers for failing to register. Jamie Bryantlee Sarazin, 25, (pictured left) was convicted in April 2010 of failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 22 months in...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Cash targets unregistered sex offenders

Two Spokane sex offenders with lengthy criminal histories are wanted by Crime Stoppers for failing to register. Jeremiah Kevin Johnson, 33, was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1990 and 2006. He's already failed to register as a sex offender at least once - he...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Alleged sex slave traders released

Four people arrested in what investigators believe is Spokane County’s first human trafficking case were released this weekend because no charges have been filed. Spokane County sheriff’s investigators still are working on the case against Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina K. Tellez, 43;...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Sex slave claims lead to four arrests

A frightened young woman’s descriptions of being held captive and sold for sex at drug houses and motels over the past year has led to several arrests in what’s believed to be Spokane County’s first human trafficking case. Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Rapist's civil commitment overturned

Appellate judges ordered a new trial today for Spokane man convicted in 2009 of being a sexually violent predator because the note he wrote, detailing his desire to rape, kidnap and dismember a woman, was never communicated to anyone and thus did not meet the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

DSHS worker had 'disturbing' child porn 

A state social services employee accused of distributing child pornography must undergo a mental health evaluation before he can leave jail, a judge ruled today. A federal prosecutor said the material distributed by Darrell J. Rogers, who licenses foster homes for children, is some of...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

Crime Stoppers targets 2 sex offenders

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest two sex offenders who haven't check in with authorities as required. Kevin Raymond Belieu, 53, (left) is a transient with a 35 year criminal history that includes convictions for robbery, theft, forgery and lewd and...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Rapist registers as Spokane transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Harold David Werstein, 48, spent nearly 18 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl. He was convicted of first-degree rape in Lewis County in 1990. His victim was a...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Child rapist registers as local transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Christopher Michael Foster, 27, was convicted by a jury of four counts of third-degree child rape in 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl who he met after she...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man charged with woman's Aug. murder

A sex offender suspected of killing a Spokane woman who was working as a prostitute last August has been charged with murder. Derrick Ross Vargas, 25, is to appear in Superior Court today on a first-degree murder charge for the brutal slaying of Evon M....

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Rapist registers as transient in Spokane

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Douglas James Dennis, 44, served 10 years in prison after being convicted in March 1985 of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl. Dennis is required to check in with authorities...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012

Rape alleged in prostitute's brutal murder

Spokane police are recommending murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping charges against a sex offender suspected of killing a Spokane woman who was working as a prostitute last August. Major crimes detectives have submitted the charging request for Derrick Ross Vargas, 24, (right) to the Spokane...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

CdA man accused of raping teenage boy 

A 41-year-old Coeur d'Alene man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old boy. Sonny Novero Coley was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on charges of rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child. Detectives received a report Tuesday that detailing Coley's alleged...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Man gets 9+ years for New Year's rape

A Spokane man who raped a girl in a park on New Year's Day 2010 will spend at least nine years in prison under a sentence imposed recently in Superior Court. Louis Victor Kuster, 23, was sentenced to at least 114 months for second-degree rape....

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

Cops: Sex offender tried to rape hooker

A sex offender jailed in California has been charged with trying to rape a Spokane prostitute at knifepoint. Robert James Barbee, 38, also faces a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender after investigators say he moved to the area from California...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Ex-tribal jail deputy acquitted of rape

A former jail deputy on the Spokane Indian Reservation has been acquitted of accusations that he raped an inmate. A jury found Clifford Arlen Matherly not guilty of two rape charges Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Matherly was arrested in June after a...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

Jury convicts Spokane man of rape 

A Spokane County jury has convicted a man linked to a rape after his DNA was collected for a property crime conviction. Louis Victor Kuster, 23, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of second-degree rape Thursday after a three-day trial in Superior Court. Kuster has...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2011

Man gets 11 years in prison for 2 rapes

A man who raped two women on the Colville Indian Reservation in 2007 has been sentenced to about 11 years in prison. Clarence J. Stensgar, Jr., 60, will be under federal supervision for life after he serves 135 months in federal prison under a sentence...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011

Murder suspect pleads not guilty to rape

A sex offender suspected of killing a 48-year-old Spokane woman pleaded not guilty to a separate rape case today in Spokane County Superior Court. Derrick Ross Vargas, 24, remains in Spokane County Jail on $250,000 bond after his arraignment before Judge Sam Cozza. Family members...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Sex offender arrested for rape

A sex offender released from federal prison last month is accused of raping a Spokane prostitute in an attack that was discovered by an observant state trooper patrolling traffic. Derrick Ross Vargas, 24, was arrested early Friday after a Washington State Patrol trooper said he...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Pro fighter wanted on child rape charge

A competitive mixed-martial arts fighter set to begin trial today on charges that he raped and molested a young girl has a reward being offered for tips that lead to his capture after he didn't show up for court. Michael L. Mininger, 30, is wanted...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Duo in rape revenge charged w/ assault 

A couple arrested for attempted murder in Airway Heights last week will instead be charged with assault. Elijah J. Boxley, 33, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday on a first-degree assault charge while his girlfriend, Molly E. Foote, 38, alias McBride, appeared on a...

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