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Wenatchee Couple Convicted Of Raping Girl Jury Acquits Duo Of Sexually Abusing Three Other Children

Associated Press

A Wenatchee couple have been convicted of raping a young girl but acquitted of sexually abusing three other children.

A Chelan Superior Court jury deliberated for more than six hours before returning the verdicts against Carol M. Doggett and Mark A. Doggett on Friday.

Carol Doggett, 36, was convicted of first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation. Mark Doggett, 38, was convicted of first-degree rape of a child and complicity to first-degree child molestation.

The Doggetts were acquitted of several other counts of child rape and molestation involving three other children between the ages of 10 and 15.

Sentencing was set for June 14.

The Doggetts and their lawyers had accused police and state Child Protective Services of bullying the four children into making the accusations.

In closing arguments Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Ray Fore said the youngest child in the case told not only police about abuse but her therapist, her social worker, a doctor, lawyers and her foster mother. There also was physical evidence of sexual penetration, he said.

It was that child the Doggetts were convicted of raping.

The other three children also accused the Doggetts of abuse, but two of them later recanted, saying police had coerced them.

The case was one of several involving child sex abuse under investigation. Authorities have said a couple of child sex rings may have operated informally in the Wenatchee area. At least 17 adults have been charged so far.

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