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Enumclaw Sound Doctrine Church pastor Malcolm Fraser's child rape trial now set for January

The criminal trial for accused Enumclaw pastor Malcolm John Fraser has again been delayed. Once slated to begin in early November, the trial was first pushed to Dec. 11 and last week was moved to Jan. 16.

The case against Fraser — the assistant pastor at Sound Doctrine Church who has been charged with two counts of first-degree rape of a child — will be heard in King County Superior Court.

The newest delay stemmed from a request by Fraser’s legal counsel. According to spokesman Ian Goodhew of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Fraser’s attorney filed a motion “to have the computers of the Enumclaw Police Department forensically examined for emails potentially relevant to the case.”

Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus ruled that the request be acted upon by Jan. 4 and set the new trial date.

Fraser was arrested by Enumclaw police March 20 of this year. According to charging papers, he is alleged to have had repeated sexual contacts with a girl during 2005 and 2006.

A “probable cause” statement issued by the Enumclaw Police Department said the issue was first brought to police attention March 12, when the EPD received a report from Child Protective Services. According to the police document, CPS said a youngster “had been molested by the assistant pastor of a local church during the time frame of 2005 to 2006.”

The victim alleges Fraser visited her room more than 20 times, after midnight, and touched her in an inappropriate manner. Fraser “would cover her mouth so she would keep quiet and not yell,” according to the report. The victim said she attempted to fight, but Fraser would threaten to hurt the child or her mother. The victim said Fraser informed her she would go to hell if she told anyone what was occurring.

 

 

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