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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Spokane man involved in youth gymnastics arraigned on charges of child rape, molestation

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said it began investigating Mark S. Hoffmeister in mid-September after receiving an anonymous tip “regarding sexual abuse of a young female.” Now, the sheriff’s office …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Spokane man charged with raping, molesting girl, possessing 500 images of her abuse

Daniel N. Osorno, a 52-year-old Spokane man accused of child rape and molestation, possessed more than 500 images of himself abusing a girl beginning when she was 3, according to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Spokane police investigating man’s death following rap battle, fistfight; victim was withdrawing rape plea

Witnesses told police Robert R. Ellison, 37, and another man competed in a rap battle that resulted in an argument and punches being thrown, according to court documents. One of …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

3 Spokane men sentenced for rape, imprisonment of runaway girl

The victim ran away from home and was befriended by William C. Jackson, 44, who gave her alcohol and brought her back to his apartment, where he, Harold W. Sherman, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

$1M bail set for 22-year-old man accused of rape, kidnapping, animal cruelty, assault

A 22-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and abusing her and her dog during two separate incidents in October is being held on $1 million bond while he …


Spokane County man wanted for child rape arrested in California

After an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, Marco Rocha, 32, was arrested on warrants for rape of a child and first degree child molestation.


Man previously convicted of incest sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for rape of 4-year-old

A registered sex offender who was convicted of incest as a 14-year-old was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the first-degree rape and molestation of a 4-year-old …


Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges more women to speak out

One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers urged other women Tuesday to come forward with allegations against the wealthy financier as federal authorities prosecute him on sex charges.


Jeffrey Epstein will remain jailed as judge mulls bail

Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars for now as a federal judge mulls whether to grant bail on charges he sexually abused underage girls.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Former Warden City Council member gets 10 years in prison for child pornography

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former substitute teacher, Boy Scout troop leader and Warden City Council member to 10 years in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to …


5-year-old girl paralyzed by rape shocks Sierra Leone

5-year-old paralyzed by rape shocks Sierra Leone; sexual violence now a national emergency.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Neymar accuser in first comments: ‘I was the victim of rape’

A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel went on television Wednesday to reaffirm her allegation against him in her first public …


Man charged with raping woman as she slept outside near Division and Mission

A man is facing accusations that he raped a woman as she slept outside near the parking lot of a Division Street strip mall.


Abortion debates prompt rape testimony from female lawmakers

For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums – …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Caldwell man arrested as suspect in 1996 rape, murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA and a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Spokane police investigating man linked to half dozen sexual assaults in Spokane

A man with a criminal history is being investigated in connection to a half dozen rapes and sexual assaults in the Spokane area, at least four of them dating back …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Woman who alleged rape by ex-MSU players speaks publicly

A Michigan State University student is speaking out after suing the school, alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Loon Lake man, 77, awaits sentencing for raping girl in three Washington counties

In an interview with detectives last year, Merlyn R. Schmelzer described how he raped the girl, a relative by marriage, at his cabin near Loon Lake and at a home …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Longer time limits for rape charges approved by Washington House committee

House committee supports longer statute of limitations to file charges in sexual assault cases.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Washington gets $750,000 grant to test backlogged rape kits

The attorney general’s office estimated the Washington State Patrol, which runs the state’s two crime laboratories, will be able to test about 1,150 kits with the grant from the U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019

Police suspect man awaiting trial on child rape charges has impregnated another girl

A 45-year-old man is under investigation for raping and impregnating his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter while he was out of jail on a charge of raping a 7-year-old.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Nine Mile Falls man accused of violently raping woman he met on dating website

Police arrested a man Wednesday on suspicion he attacked and repeatedly raped a Spokane woman he met on a dating website.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

SFCC student reports she was raped on campus

The student told Spokane police she was raped by a male student, whom she knows, at about noon Monday in a first-floor restroom in the school’s gymnasium building, according to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

Spokane woman accused of producing child porn may have sent pictures to more than 100 people

A Spokane woman told investigators she may have sent child pornography of family members to more than 100 different people.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

Spokane woman arrested in connection with producing and sharing child pornography depicting family member

A Spokane woman is accused of producing child pornography depicting a family member and sharing it with a man in Los Angeles.


Eluding justice:Why Idaho sexual offenders rarely do time

If a man is convicted of a sex crime in Idaho, he likely will get probation. The same goes for women, though the majority of people charged with sex crimes …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Man sentenced 14 years to life in prison or 2017 rape in Spokane Valley’s Mission Park

A man convicted of first-degree rape has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison almost a year and a half after he was arrested for forcing a prostitute …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men …


100 years ago in Colville: Mother and 2 sons die in house fire

A mom and her two sons were killed in a fire and a third son was critically injured in a house fire in Colville.


Lewiston man gets probation on video voyeurism charge

A Lewiston man who reportedly raped an unconscious woman and posted a video of the incident online was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation.