Port Angeles man gets life in prison

Nearly three years after the crime, former Port Angeles resident Steven Ong was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of early release for the charge of assault in the second degree with the intent to commit a felony with sexual motivation, a class A felony. He also received a one-year sentence for a charge of assault in the fourth degree, a gross misdemeanor.

On May 28, 2005, a Clallam County Sheriff's deputy responded to a 9-1-1 call from Railroad Bridge Park reporting an assault on a woman and her 21-month-old son.

The altercation started when Ong, now 39, reportedly grabbed the woman and her child, threatening harm to both if she continued to scream. She continued to scream until help came.

A Dungeness River Audubon Center employee called the authorities after hearing the woman's calls for help.

Both the employee and the woman gave descriptions of the man, which fit the description of Ong, who authorities were unable to find in the area. However, deputies found Ong in Sequim later that evening after responding to a prowler call.

The charge marks Ong's third "most serious crime," or strike, resulting in his sentence of life in prison. In addition to his time in prison Ong, is responsible for paying $2,767 in court fines and a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution to the woman and her child.

Ong's court case has continued from May 2005 to May 2008. In July 2005, the prosecuting attorney's office offered Ong a plea bargain of life in prison and $2,350 in fines, $417 less than he was sentenced to after a jury convicted him three years later.

Ong served time in the Clallam County Correctional Facility. After his conviction authorities moved him to a state prison.

Ong's criminal history in Clallam County goes back to 1992 when he was found guilty of assault in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment. In 1995, Ong was found guilty of kidnapping in the second degree, burglary in the second degree and taking a motor vehicle without permission. In early 2005, Ong was found guilty of failure to register as a sex offender.

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