Man pleads not guilty to 1995 rape
A convicted sex offender already serving life in prison without the possibility of parole pleaded not guilty Thursday to raping a Buckley girl in 1995.
Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Donald Schneider, 53, held without bail pending his trial.
Prosecutors allege forensics technicians earlier this year matched DNA evidence collected in the 1995 rape to Schneider. He was brought back from the state penitentiary in Walla Walla to answer the newest charges against him.
Schneider allegedly took the fourth-grade special education student from a bus stop and then raped her, court records show.
A woman later spotted the girl walking alone the Alder Cutoff Road near Springwater Road and stopped to check on her. The girl said a man had picked her up, assaulted her and dropped her off in the woods.
Schneider allegedly told the girl, “I’m a drunk old man and my brain needs help and I’m going to leave you here so someone can pick you up,” documents state.
The girl needed surgery to repair injuries inflicted during the assault.
Schneider previously was convicted of second-degree rape and a parole violation in 1982, and of first-degree robbery and second-degree possession of stolen property in 1997, according to the state Department of Corrections.