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Sound Doctrine pastor Malcolm Fraser files appeal of child rape and molestation conviction

Former Enumclaw resident and Sound Doctrine assistant pastor Malcolm Fraser, who was convicted of child rape and molestation in May, has filed an appeal of his conviction.

The 41-year-old Fraser was convicted of two counts of rape of a child in the first degree and two council of first-degree child molestation during a jury trial. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Lori K. Smith to 20 years in prison and is currently housed at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

Fraser is claiming indigent status and asking the court to appoint an attorney and the state to pay for his appeal procedure.

Fraser’s trial attorney, Ann Carey of the Seattle firm Carey & Lillevik, withdrew as counsel Sept. 13.

According to court documents filed by Carey concerning Fraser’s indigent status, he owes $275,000 for attorney fees and expenses; credit card debt of $36,250 with a monthly payment of $1,300; an auto loan of $13,800 with monthly payments of $230; and a mortgage for $237,600 with a payment of $1,570.

The document stated his wife is employed, “but only paid sporadically. Her income is $530 every two weeks when paid.”

Fraser state he and his wife signed "a promissory note on my outstanding attorney fees and granted a deed of trust on our home to my attorney."

The request for an appeal stated there were a series of errors in the trial including admission of Fraser’s religious belief; also, that the “defendant was barred from presenting evidence of government misconduct and bias” and the admission of prejudicial information.

Fraser was convicted of raping and molesting an 11-year-old girl from 2005 to 2006 in the child’s upstairs bedroom of the parents’ home in Enumclaw. Fraser and his wife were living with the family at the time of the crimes.

The family and Frasers were members of the Sound Doctrine church that operated the Salt Shaker Bookstore and WinePress Publishing in Enumclaw.

The Salt Shaker Bookstore closed after the verdict.

WinePress Publishing is still in operation.

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