Centralia Boy, 16, Charged as Adult for Alleged Rape

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office charged a 16-year-old boy as an adult this week in an alleged rape dating back to February.

Corde E. Journee, Jr., 16, of Centralia, was charged Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree rape.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher asked for $75,000 bail, citing a recent criminal history that includes theft and unlawful possession of a firearm convictions for which he was on probation.

“The state’s very concerned about his relatively recent criminal history,” Meagher said. “The victim in this case is very concerned about her safety.”

Meagher noted that Journee appeared in juvenile court Tuesday, where he was declined for charges, automatically moving him to Superior Court where he was charged as an adult.

Meagher also noted Journee’s Lewis County probation counselor described him as a “runner,” saying he would likely not appear for future hearings if released.

Defense attorney Kevin Nelson, representing Journee at his first hearing, asked for a lower $10,000 bail. Toynbee imposed $50,000 bail.

“I believe based on his age $50,000 is significant,” he said.

Journee’s next hearing is scheduled for April 27.

According to court documents, police responded Feb. 28 to a report of sexual misconduct in Centralia.

A 16-year-old girl reported that she had gone to a friend’s house and was with two other girls and one boy inside a trailer on the property. She said three other boys, including Journee, arrived later.

The girl reported that Journee showed interest in her, but she told him she was not interested in him and that she had a boyfriend.

Later, the girl went into the house on the property to sleep in a guest room. She reported Journee later walked into the room, at which point she reiterated that she was not interested in him. He reportedly offered to sleep on the floor.

The girl told police she said she would leave the room. Journee subsequently sexually assaulted her, she said.

When the alleged victim reported the incident, Journee was already incarcerated in the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on a separate incident.

The girl reportedly identified Journee as the teen who assaulted her.