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Man to face sex-abuse charges

A 20-year-old Spokane County man has been charged with raping a girl repeatedly between January 2003 and May 2005, when the girl was between 11 and 13 years old.

Spokane police found Jonathon Wayne Bowles in the Garfield County Jail in Pomeroy, Wash., last month. He was serving a sentence for violating his probation in a conviction for taking indecent liberties with another girl in October 2004, when she was 13 and he was 18.

Bowles had been charged with second-degree child rape, second-degree child molestation and indecent liberties in the Garfield County case, and pleaded guilty to indecent liberties.

A plea bargain substituted sex-offender treatment for much of the prison time Bowles might have gotten. He was sentenced to 15 months with all but four suspended.

The victim, who wasn’t old enough to consent to sex with Bowles, was related to a friend of Bowles’ father, according to Garfield County Prosecutor John Henry.

Bowles was transferred to the Spokane County Jail on Wednesday to face charges of first- and second-degree child rape and first- and second-degree child molestation.

The first-degree charges involve alleged sexual intercourse and fondling when the girl was 11. The other charges are for incidents police say happened when the girl was 12 and 13.

Deputy Prosecutor Ed Hay also alleges that each of the counts was aggravated by an “ongoing pattern of sexual abuse.” If a jury agrees, Bowles could get an above-standard sentence.

The alleged victim was a friend of a young female relative of Bowles. The friend reported the alleged abuse to her middle school principal in January.

According to court documents, the girl told detectives much of the alleged sex was consensual. But she said Bowles forced himself on her on at least two occasions when she rejected his advances.

As in the Garfield County case, the Spokane County girl couldn’t legally consent to any sex.

Court documents say Bowles admitted having sex with the girl and told detectives about some incidents she hadn’t mentioned.