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Two Sequim teens charged with incest, child rape

The court reports are vague, but they provide enough detail to implicate two Sequim teenage brothers in several acts of incest and child rape.

The incidents reportedly occurred at the home of the pair, who lived just north of Sequim's western city limits.

Court records state the suspects are 16 and 15 years old.

A Clallam County Sheriff's deputy report filed in the juvenile division of Clallam County Superior Court identifies the male suspects and gives the initials of three alleged victims, whose ages range from 7 to 10.

The Gazette will not name the defendants because they are juveniles being charged as minors.

Both are in custody at the Clallam County Juvenile Detention Center and are being held on $15,000 cash or $150,000 bail bond while their cases work through the court system.

The 15-year-old faces one count of first-degree incest and three counts of first-degree rape of a child.

The 16-year-old faces one count of first-degree incest and two counts of first-degree rape of a child.

Both teens reportedly had sexual relations with their 7-year-old sister on at least two occasions and a 7-year-old neighbor on one occasion. The 15-year-old allegedly also had relations with a 10-year-old female.

The dates of the incidents were not given, but the deputy's report indicated all of the reported crimes took place in 2008.

The incest charge is considered a class B felony in the state of Washington and carries with it several options of punishment in state law. The rape charge is considered a class A felony and can result in a 30- to 40-week sentence with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration.

The administration provides assessment, treatment and transitional services to all juvenile sex offenders in the state.

Juveniles convicted of sex crimes must obey the same sex offender laws as convicted adults. They are subject to a civil commitment if judged to be a sexually violent predator.

They must register with law enforcement when released into the community and they are prohibited from enrolling in the same school as their victim or victim's siblings.

Also, they are assigned a risk level classification based on screenings done after court proceedings. The classification is used for community notification by law enforcement. The classifications range from I, the lowest risk to re-offend, to III, the highest risk.

No trial schedule has been set for the Sequim brothers. The court has charged the pair and created a protection order for the victims, which prohibits the suspects from coming within 500 feet of them.

Should the pair be released, they will be required to remain in Clallam County, to be under 24-hour adult supervision and to have no contact with each other as well as with the alleged victims.



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