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Sequim teen rape defendants awaiting court determinations

Two Sequim teenage brothers arrested in January remain in custody at Clallam County Juvenile Services awaiting evaluations to determine if they should be charged as adults, Director of Juvenile Services Pete Peterson said on Friday.

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.

The names of the two teenagers will not appear in the Sequim Gazette unless they are recognized as adults by the court.

On Feb. 17, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tracey Lassus moved to have the 15- and 16-year-old Sequim males tried as adults.

Peterson said the delay is at the public defender's request while reports and evaluations are compiled for what is called a decline hearing.

That's where the defense and prosecution present their cases. Then the judge rules whether to charge one or both of them as adults instead of juveniles, he said.

"It was just continued for a couple of weeks until the reports are ready. It doesn't make sense to go into court without all the information," Peterson said.

"They are in regular programming such as school and activities. The only time we put people in solitary confinement is for behavior or medical issues.

"We're taking good care of them and they both have legal counsel for any issues," he said.

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