A 37-year-old Enumclaw man, Ryan Rothermel, was charged with 20 counts of third degree rape of a child in King County Superior Court today, May 15.
Bail was set at $150,000.
After an extensive investigation, Enumclaw police officers and detectives served a search warrant on the residence May 14. Rothermel was arrested and booked for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl who was living at the resident where Rothermel and his girlfriend lived. The girlfriend owns the residence and rented a space to the mother and girl.
The Washington State Patrol crime lab came to the scene and spent the day collecting evidence from 16 areas in the residence.
According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office probable cause document the police first received a tip on the case from a man who overheard Rothermel telling people he was having sex with a minor female. Police began an investigation, which led to the arrest.
According to the prosecutor’s report, after Rothermel was in custody he told the detectives he did not know how old the girl was when she first moved in to the residence in April 2014. He stated he found out she was 14 a few months later. The documents stated he admitted to relations with the girl.
The prosecutor’s office noted Rothermel has a criminal history including attempted voyeurism with sexual motivation, fourth degree assault, second degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest and two counts of domestic violence court order violation.
Third degree rape of a child is a class C felony. The revised code of Washington sentence for a class C felony is confinement in a state correctional institution for five years, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of ten thousand dollars, or by both such confinement and fine.