Graham man accused of raping girls while baby-sitting


A 26-year-old Graham man has been accused of raping two girls while baby-sitting them.

Kenneth Spears appeared Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court on five counts of first-degree rape of a child and one count of first-degree child molestation.

His arraignment is set for June 28.

Court documents give this account:

According to one child, the incidents occurred several years ago at two different Thurston County residences while Spears was baby-sitting. The girl reported the sexual assaults to her grandmother, with whom she was living at the time, but the grandmother did not believe her and punished her for the accusations. The girl, who is 11 now, was then between 6 and 8 years old.

Documents identify Spears as a relative of the grandmother, who was herself sentenced in March to 35 years in prison for domestic abuse, accused of beating and otherwise maltreating the older girl. Prosecutors allege in court papers that teachers at the girls’ school noticed signs of bruising on the girl’s face and body. .

The News Tribune is not naming the grandmother to avoid identifying the girls.

The second child, who is now 9, said she had no memory of anyone touching her until a sexual-assault nurse examiner reassured her that she would not be punished for telling the truth.

The second girl then asserted that Spears did “yucky things” to her and did “something to make a baby” when she was 4 years old. She said it occurred three or four times.

After initially denying any of the allegations, Spears confessed to touching the first victim “more than one time.”

Spears denied all allegations involving the second victim.

Judge Erik Price set bail at $100,000, but Spears will return to court for “additional conditions” if bail is met, Price said.

“The court is not sufficiently comfortable with provisions for our community’s safety,” Price said. “That’s an unusual condition for this court. It does so reluctantly.”

Spears’ prior criminal history shows he was charged in King County with first-degree rape of a child in 2012, but was granted a special sex offender sentencing alternative, or SSOSA.

SSOSA gives sex offenders an opportunity to serve all or part of their sentence out of custody while participating in a sexual-deviancy treatment program, according to the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.