Crime

Sex offender pleads not guilty in rape of woman in Spanaway

A convicted sex offender is accused of raping a woman in Spanaway and carving words into her chest with a pocketknife.

Jason Harris, 22, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree rape, second-degree assault and felony harassment for the attack Sunday near Sprinker Recreation Center. Bail was set at $250,000.

Harris was arraigned as well for failing to register as a sex offender. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail in that case.

The victim, who met Harris three weeks earlier, sought help at a nearby hospital.

She told police Harris was drawn to her because she looks young. He was convicted in 2008 of first-degree child molestation and has several convictions for failing to register.

He is registered as a transient and believed to be living in the woods near the recreation center.

Charging papers give this account of the incident Sunday:

Harris and the victim were taking a walk when he sexually assaulted her and threatened her with a pocketknife. After the attack, he carved the words “daddy” and “boobs” onto her chest and choked her.

Harris then walked the victim home “and told her he would make her watch as he ‘slaughtered’ her family if she said anything,” according to the records.

Deputies found Harris later that day and arrested him. They said he contended the victim asked him to carve words onto her chest.

In addition to the 2008 sex crimes, Harris pleaded guilty to three counts of harassment in 2010 after threatening to blow up Spanaway High School and stab fellow students who questioned his claims of being a vampire.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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