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Rape suspect, 14, has older brother convicted of 2 rapes

A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent is the younger brother of Chrisean Cressel, who was 15 when he raped two teenagers in October 2011. A judge ordered the younger boy to be held in secure detention.


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A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent on Thursday is the younger brother of Chrisean Cressel, who was 15 when he raped two teenagers on consecutive nights in October 2011, according to King County prosecutors.

Cressel is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.

The younger boy waived his presence in court Friday when King County Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert found probable cause to hold him in secure detention on investigation of first-degree rape and first-degree rape of a child.

The brothers have different last names.

According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the 14-year-old, the 8-year-old girl, wearing only a shirt and socks, went to the Red Lion Inn & Suites on 74th Avenue South seeking help after the attack. The girl, who reported she had been raped and had significant swelling to her head, told Kent officers that she had seen the boy around the neighborhood but didn’t know him, the statement says.

But on Friday, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Michael Mohandeson said the 14-year-old is a friend of the victim’s brother. He is accused of luring the victim into a wooded area and raping her, Mohandeson said.

The boy “went to the place where the victim was,” then under “false pretenses” had her come outside so he could “show her a surprise,” said Mohandeson, who oversees sexual-assault cases involving juvenile defendants.

“This is definitely outside the norm, by far,” he said of the alleged rape, noting the “aggressive nature” of the assault and the girl’s young age.

The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said. She suffered a concussion, abrasions and may have been beaten unconscious, Mohandeson said.

The boy was arrested at a house near where the attack occurred, according to the probable-cause statement.

Police say the boy claimed he had consensual sex with the girl, who he thought was 11, but struck her twice in the face when she said she was going to call police, the statement says.

Prosecutors are expected to file formal charges by Wednesday. It is unclear at this early stage whether prosecutors intend to ask for a “decline hearing” to determine if the boy should be charged as an adult.

The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile and has not been charged with a crime. He does not appear to have a criminal record in Washington state.

Though only 14, the boy is nearly 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, according to the probable-cause statement. A student at Kent Meridian High School, he was reported as a runaway by his stepmother, the statement says.

Cressel, the boy’s older brother, raped a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl after following each victim from bus stops in Kent in October 2011. In each attack, he threatened to shoot the victim, according to court records.

Initially charged as a juvenile, Cressel’s case was transferred to adult court in August 2012.

He pleaded guilty in January to two counts of first-degree rape.

When the boy was sentenced, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said, “it is extremely rare to see an offender this young become a predatory serial rapist.”

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report, which includes information from Times archives.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com



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