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In brief: Police say teen admits rape

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A 15-year-old boy admitted raping a 14-year-old girl while she was passed out drunk early Thursday, after a night of drinking beer provided by the boy’s mother, a Spokane police spokesman said.

The girl had sneaked out of her parents’ house, near Hays Park, at about midnight and met the boy and his mother at the park. The mother, whose name was not available late Thursday, drove them to her house and gave alcohol to the girl, the boy, two of the boy’s friends and his two younger brothers, Officer Tim Moses said.

While the children drank, one of the friends – another 15-year-old boy – reportedly tried to touch the girl inappropriately, Moses said. She passed out and woke up nude about 4 a.m.

It was not immediately clear where the mother was during the party, but she was about to drive the girl home when her son reportedly told the girl she should see a doctor because they had sex while she was unconscious, Moses said. The mother drove the distraught girl home, where the girl told her parents. The girl’s mother called the police.

“They went over and talked to the two young men, and they pretty much admitted it,” Moses said.

One boy faces a second-degree rape charge and the other faces a charge of indecent liberties, Moses said. The other boys at the party were not questioned and did not seem to be involved with the sexual activity, he said.

Moses said he was not certain what will happen to the boy’s mother, but “minimally she’s looking at providing alcohol to minors” charges.

Trash compactor crushed worker

The man killed by a trash compactor behind Dick’s Hamburgers last month died of crushing injuries to his neck and chest, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Thursday.

Drewid McGilvra, 37, was found dead in the compactor by a co-worker during the early morning hours of June 25. He worked at the old-fashioned hamburger restaurant for 17 years.

The state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the Spokane resident’s death, spokeswoman Elaine Fischer said Thursday. Spokane police detectives who initially responded determined there was no foul play.

Fischer researched workplace deaths involving trash compactors following the incident at Dick’s, she said.

The spokeswoman discovered there were no other cases in Washington where someone had died in that specific manner.

People had been killed by other workplace machinery, Fischer said.

“There’s a possibility of a person getting hurt or killed on any piece of machinery that has moving parts,” she said.

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