Prosecution seeks to charge Sequim brothers as adults

Just 19 days after charging two Sequim teenage brothers as minors with several counts of incest and rape, the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney's office is asking the Clallam County Superior Court to charge the pair as adults.

On Feb. 17 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tracey Lassus entered a motion for the court to decline taking the current charges in favor of making the 15- and 16-year-old Sequim males face the charges as adults.

The judge has not yet made a ruling on the motion. The names of the two teenagers will not appear in the Gazette unless they are recognized as adults by the court.

The juvenile males were 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.

Clallam County Sheriff's Office representatives said further investigations caused additional allegations to surface. Once those allegations are investigated further, more charges are likely to be brought against the pair.

Both are in custody at the Clallam County Juvenile Detention Center and are being held on $15,000 cash or $150,000 bail bond.

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 or with 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 victims or their siblings.

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