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Second victim alleged in child sex case

New charges have been filed against Erik R. Thompson after a second teenage girl told detectives that Thompson had sex with her after giving her alcohol and marijuana.

The teen, who was 15 when the incident allegedly occurred last fall, told detectives that she was so drunk she couldn’t walk when Thompson had sex with her, according to court documents. A 14-year-old girl, whom Thompson is also accused of having sex with, said she witnessed the incident. Both girls are neighbors of Thompson’s and both said they sent Thompson sexually explicit pictures of themselves at his request.

The new charges filed Friday include one for violating a no-contact order. He was previously arrested on a single count of third-degree child rape for having sex with the 14-year-old girl and when he appeared in court on March 15 he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Prosecuting attorney Kelly Fitzgerald said in court Friday that Thompson exchanged Facebook messages with the 14-year-old in violation of that order.

Thompson’s attorney said Thompson is “vehemently denying” that he violated the no-contact order.

The order states that Thompson is prohibited from “having any contact with the protected person(s) directly, indirectly or through third parties.”

According to court documents, detectives recovered 23 pages of Facebook messages between Thompson and the 14-year-old girl sent on March 21 and March 22. In addition to discussing the case, Thompson allegedly told the girl he hoped they could stay in touch even if he had to move.

The new charges filed against Thompson are third-degree rape of a child, second-degree rape and sexual exploitation of a minor. Detectives stated in court documents that the investigation is ongoing.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt called the pages of Facebook messages an “egregious” violation of Thompson’s release conditions and raised his bond from $7,500 to $125,000.

Thompson flung himself sobbing on a bench in the jail courtroom after Sypolt’s ruling.