Man pleads guilty to attempting to rape Tacoma day-care worker

A 19-year-old man could spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a series of sexual assaults, including the attempted rape of a Tacoma day care worker.

Andrake Morris pleaded guilty to eight felonies, attempted first-degree rape and first-degree robbery among them. Morris is to be sentenced Oct. 31 in Pierce County Superior Court.

Deputy prosecutors Heather de Maine and Erica Eggertsen and defense attorney Michael Schwartz will recommend a sentence of 23 years to life in prison. The end date would be determined by the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board.

Morris originally was charged with 12 crimes and was under investigation in another, but de Maine and Eggertsen agreed to drop four charges and not pursue the other case in exchange for Morris’ guilty plea.

Morris was arrested in March 2013 after he tried to rape a day care worker. Investigators said he went to the business just before it opened for the day, talked his way inside and attacked the woman working there.

Detectives later connected him to four other sexually motivated assaults around Tacoma, including one case in which he broke into an apartment, masturbated over a sleeping woman and stole her laptop.

There were initial questions about Morris’ mental health and whether he was competent to stand trial.

Judge Edmund Murphy ruled this spring that the defendant was competent after state psychologists reported Morris might have been faking his psychiatric symptoms.

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