Crime

He got in her car, told her to drive and sexually assaulted her. Now he’s been sentenced

A man accused of raping a woman in 2014 after she left a Tacoma bar has been sentenced.

DNA led police to suspect 34-year-old Christopher Rivera-Cook in the attack. He pleaded guilty last month to three counts of third-degree assault with sexual motivation.

On Friday, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Gretchen Leanderson sentenced him to 15 years in prison, according to jail records.

According to charging papers:

The woman walked from a South End Tacoma bar to her car on Dec. 18, 2014, and Rivera-Cook got into the passenger seat and told her to drive.

Afraid, she complied, and they parked behind a business, where he punched her in the face, tried to strangle her and sexually assaulted her.

She stabbed him in the face with her keys during the attack, and blood from the wound later linked Rivera-Cook to the crime.

He fled in the woman’s car. A bystander helped her and called police, who found her near the 5400 block of Tacoma Mall Boulevard.

She wrote the court that she suffered from depression, anxiety and insomnia after the attack.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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