Teen sentenced to 4 years for raping 5-year-old in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — A 17-year-old boy was sentenced Wednesday to four years in juvenile detention for raping a 5-year-old girl last spring.

The teen pleaded guilty as a juvenile to first-degree rape. He was originally charged as an adult with first-degree rape and child molestation, which would have required the child to testify in court, said Laurel Holland, the prosecuting attorney for the case.

The prosecution reached an agreement with the defense to allow the defendant to enter his plea as a juvenile in order to protect the victim from additional trauma, said Holland, adding that the victim’s mother supported the decision.

KAPP-KVEW does not name offenders who are charged in juvenile court.

The Kennewick Police Department arrested the defendant, then 16, in May 2019, after the victim’s mother walked in on him assaulting the child with his pants down.

During court proceedings, the victim’s mother disclosed that her daughter was still suffering from trauma as a result of the crime, including nightmares, according to Holland.

The mother reportedly said she had allowed the teen live in her home because he had nowhere else to go.

He will have to register as a sex offender once he’s released from custody.