More victims found in Sequim rape case

After probing deeper into allegations that two Sequim teenage brothers engaged in several acts of incest and rape, the Clallam County Sheriff's Office has uncovered additional victims, officials report.

"I can't say too much in regard to the additional charges for now, but I can say we've discovered additional allegations that there are more victims in the case," said Clallam County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Lyman Moores.

The juvenile males, who are 15 and 16 years old, were first charged Jan. 29 based on allegations of incest and rape that reportedly took place in their Sequim home.

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.

After the new allegations are fully investigated, more charges may be brought against the pair.

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.

Moores said investigations will continue until the department is sure it has looked into all of the accusations.

"We are conducting additional interviews to find out if others have come into contact with the pair of suspects," said Moores.

"We want parents to know we only use specially trained, qualified forensic interviewers in these sensitive situations so that they understand everything will be handled in a way that works out best for the child."

Moores said the department has received help from several of the qualified interviewers in the area, including those at the Sequim Police Department.

"Some are councilors, they can do physicals and other assessments that are covered by victim's compensation," he said.

"It really is what is best for the child, especially if there was a crime. Not every child will confide with family, which is why these trained interviewers are so important."

The court 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 the reported victims.

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.

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