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Originally published September 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM | Page modified September 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Colorado man charged in local 2008 rapes

A man who is facing nearly 40 criminal counts in connection with a string of rapes in Colorado has been charged with 2008 rapes in Kirkland and Lynnwood.

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A man facing a potential life sentence in Colorado for a string of violent sexual assaults has been charged with two brutal rapes in Kirkland and Lynnwood, including the attack of one woman whose story was initially doubted by police.

Marc Patrick O'Leary was charged Monday with first-degree counts of rape, kidnapping and burglary and second-degree assault in connection with the Oct. 6, 2008, attack on a 63-year-old Kirkland woman. O'Leary, 33, was linked to the attack through DNA, according to charges filed by King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sean O'Donnell.

O'Leary was also charged in April with first-degree counts of burglary with sexual motivation, kidnapping and rape in connection with the August 2008 attack on an 18-year-old Lynnwood woman. Lynnwood police initially did not believe the victim's story, and she was prosecuted for false reporting.

However, Lynnwood police reopened the case after police in Colorado said they found nude photos of the woman as well as her Washington state identification card inside O'Leary's home, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors in both states say O'Leary frequently took photos of the victims and threatened to post them on the Internet.

O'Leary was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from November 2006 through September 2009, according to prosecutors in King and Snohomish counties. At some point during that period he lived in Mountlake Terrace, according to Snohomish County prosecutors.

O'Leary moved to Colorado in 2009, Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Adam Cornell said.

O'Leary is facing nearly 40 criminal counts in connection with sexual assaults in several cities in Colorado, according to The Denver Post. If convicted in Colorado of the attacks that started in fall 2009, he is facing a sentence of life in prison, prosecutors said.

O'Donnell, in charging documents, called O'Leary "a serial rapist" who engages in "violent and egregiously degrading conduct toward his victims."

In the Kirkland case, the victim told police that she was awakened by a stranger inside the bedroom of her apartment at 4 a.m. The man, dressed in a black stocking mask and wearing gloves, held a serrated knife to her throat and threatened to kill her if she screamed, according to charges.

The man raped the victim and photographed her, charging documents said. She said that after the assault the man told her that he planned to post the photos online and said, "I can find you. I'll kill you. It may not be right away ... but I will eventually kill you. And your family."

After the attack, police sent the woman's shoelaces, which the rapist had used to bind her hands, to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. O'Leary was linked to the assault after he was arrested in Colorado, prosecutors said.

Investigators also say that they found the Kirkland victim's name on O'Leary's computer, Kirkland police Sgt. Todd Aksdal wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

In the Lynnwood case, the 18-year-old woman said she was awakened by a stranger on Aug. 11, 2008, and was bound, gagged and blindfolded. She said that the attacker photographed her and threatened to post the photos on the Internet, Snohomish County charges said.

The victim reported the attack to Lynnwood police, but for some reason she later recanted. Lynnwood city prosecutors charged her with false reporting, and she pleaded guilty. The woman was ordered to complete court-ordered counseling and pay a $500 fine.

Cornell wrote that the Lynnwood Police Department "recently" reimbursed her the $500, according to charging paperwork.

"Suffice it to say, certain pieces of information just led investigators to the wrong conclusion," Lynnwood police Cmdr. Steve Rider told The Herald of Everett in April.

According to The Denver Post, O'Leary has been charged with sexual assaults in the Colorado cities of Aurora, Golden and Westminster and of attempting to assault another woman who jumped out of a window of her home to escape. The victims were stalked, sometimes for months at a time, and the attacker broke into their homes while the women were sleeping, the newspaper reported.

O'Leary remains in custody in Colorado, where he will be prosecuted before being transferred to Washington state, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com

Seattle Times staff reporter Steve Miletich and news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.

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