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Child rape charges aimed at 19-year-old

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

Black Diamond police have leveled charges of rape and molestation of a child against a 19-year-old former sex offender.

Police allege Jonathan Kindle of Maple Valley used the Internet to successfully lure a Black Diamond 13-year-old. The pair met once - in Kindle's car, where police say the crime took place - and the case came to light after the young victim confided in an older sister. The sister eventually reported the situation to their mother, who called Black Diamond police, according to Commander Chris Hurst of the city police department.

Hurst said Kindle made contact with the victim through an Internet chat room, continued contacts through e-mail and eventually convinced the girl to meet him. Kindle parked down the street from the girl's home, and she slipped out to meet him, Hurst said. Once the victim was in the car, police allege, Kindle demanded sex. When the girl refused, he continued to force the issue, Hurst said. Though no intercourse occured, there was enough contact to warrant the two charges, Hurst explained.

Eventually, the girl was allowed to leave the vehicle and return home.

After a Black Diamond officer interviewed the girl and her mother, police arrested Kindle at his place of employment on Kent's East Hill. A search warrant was obtained for his parent's home, where Kindle resides, and police took away three computers that had Internet access.

Hurst said authorities would be looking for more victims. "Pedophiles rarely have a single victim," he said.

After his arrest, Kindle confessed to the crime, Hurst said. "He confirmed probably 90 percent of her story," and added that he has a history of involvement with underage girls, Hurst said. Hurst said a family member acknowledged Kindle previously went through the Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative program, where offenders receive treatment in lieu of jail time.

Hurst said suspects can use the alternative program only one time. If convicted of the Black Diamond charges, Hurst said, Kindle could be facing a decade in prison.

This week, Kindle was being held at the Regional Justice Center. Bail had been set at $50,000.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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