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Sex trafficking a problem in Snohomish County

| May 6, 2011 at 09:21 pm

Experts Lisa Paul, deputy prosecuting attorney at the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, and Dusty Olson, an advocate of Providence’s Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse and co-founder of the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation and Intervention Network, discuss the problem of sex trafficking of children in Snohomish County.

When many think of sex trafficking, they think of prostitutes in Southeast Asia, Nepal, Bangladesh or another faraway country – anywhere but here in the United States, and especially not of our own kids in our own communities.

But it is happening here. (more…)

Forest Grove police say man, 19, accused of rape and sex abuse, indicted on more sex crimes

| at 03:17 pm

Forest Grove police say a 19-year-old man accused of rape and sex abuse has been indicted on more sex crime charges.

, who uses middle names of both Joseph and James, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of attempted first-degree sex abuse and one count each of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, attempted first-degree rape, attempted first-degree sodomy and third-degree sex abuse, said Capt. Aaron Ashbaugh, Forest Grove police spokesman. He’s being held in the Washington County Jail.

Ashbaugh said the new charges stem from tips detectives investigated after police initially arrested Matthews in February on accusations that he raped a 16-year-old girl at a Forest Grove residence in September. A Washington County grand jury on Feb. 22 indicted him on one count of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree sex abuse and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with that case, court records show. (more…)