By The Chronicle
A 19-year-old Longview man was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with raping his less-than 12-year-old sister in Chehalis.
The man was charged Tuesday with first-degree rape and first-degree incest.
The Chronicle is not naming the suspect in order to avoid inadvertently identifying the victim.
In March 2016, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a woman who discovered text messages in which her son admitted to harming her daughter.
Court documents list the date of the alleged offense as between February 2014 and February 2015.
A deputy interviewed the victim, who was 10 or 11 at the time of the alleged offense, according to court documents.
The girl reported that her brother, 16 at the time of the offense, threatened to tell their mother that she swore unless she had sex with him, according to court documents.
Charges were filed in the case on June 22, 2017, according to court records. On that date, Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee issued a $50,000 warrant for the suspect’s arrest.
The suspect was arrested this week and made his first court hearing Tuesday.
The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked that his bail remain at the $50,000 set in the arrest warrant. Rachael Tiller, representing the defendant at his first hearing, asked for a reduction in bail, citing his lack of criminal history and family support.
Superior Court Judge James Lawler set his bail at $10,000. The suspect’s next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.