Crime

Tacoma man charged after college admissions essay tells of child molestation

The revelation came in a college admissions essay.

When a Tacoma teen was younger, she wrote, her neighbor molested her. A school employee who read the essay reported it.

Now, Pierce County prosecutors have charged Everardo Miranda, a convicted sex offender, with three counts of first-degree child molestation in connection with the teen’s report.

Officials believe Miranda, 59, has fled to Mexico. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Miranda was convicted of sexually assaulting two neighborhood girls in March 2000. He still is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections and recently was reprimanded for violating his probation.

Tacoma police began investigating the most recent case in April after the school employee told Child Protective Services about the content of the teen’s essay.

The victim, now 18, told police the abuse happened about January 2002. Her younger sister, now 16, also accused Miranda of sexually assaulting her.

The girls said they were playing video games at Miranda’s house when he groped them under their clothes. He allegedly did it a second time to the older sister days later on his back porch.

The girls stopped visiting his home after that but did not report what happened, according to charging papers.

Miranda pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape of a child in December 2008 after sexually assaulting a different set of sisters who lived in the neighborhood.

Those crimes took place about March 2000 when the victims were 8 and 13. Their mother reported the abuse years later when her daughters came forward.

Miranda molested the younger girl and told her she would be hurt if she said anything. He twice raped the older sister, once in a church and once in his basement.

He was sentenced to a year in jail and ordered into a special treatment program for first-time offenders.

In April, the state found Miranda had violated his probation by viewing pornography online and ordered him back into treatment, court records show.

He was ordered to take a polygraph exam and some of his answers were deemed “deceptive,” the report indicates. He allegedly told officials he was nervous because he thought they were out to get him.

He failed to check in with his community corrections officer Aug. 5 as required. The next day, someone from his email account told the officer he’d moved to Mexico.

Miranda’s wife told the community corrections officer he won’t be returning. It’s unclear whether she and the couple’s son went with him or remain in Pierce County.

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