Prosecutors say man raped, shared drugs with 15-year-old special education student




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  • 2022-09-28 19:43:07Z
  • By KIRO

A $500,000 nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a 58-year-old Covington man who has been charged with raping a 15-year-old special education student.

Prosecutors said that between Aug. 7 and Sept. 14, Michael Wearmouth had sex with the girl, who had suffered a traumatic brain injury during a car crash.

The victim's father said that because of this brain injury, his daughter's intellectual development is at a fifth-grade level and she is in special education classes.

Investigators said the girl's father and others repeatedly told Wearmouth to stop communicating with the girl, but Wearmouth refused and kept talking to her through social media.

Prosecutors said that on numerous occasions, Wearmouth picked up the victim and drove her to his Covington home, where he gave her methamphetamine and marijuana in exchange for sex, court documents said.

Though King County charging documents said, "It is the State's understanding that the defendant is currently employed by the City of Maple Valley as a Little League umpire," the city of Maple Valley said that is not the case.

Maple Valley City Manager Laura Philpot said Wearmouth was hired on Sept. 9 and only umpired adult softball games on two days, working a total of seven hours for the city.

"Michael Wearmouth was not hired to umpire, nor did he umpire, any children's games. Michael Wearmouth is no longer an employee of the city," said Philpot.

Though Wearmouth's whereabouts are not currently known, prosecutors have requested that his bail be set at $500,000. He is known to frequent King and Pierce counties, primarily the Covington and Maple Valley areas.

He is charged with third-degree child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, commercial sexual abuse of a minor and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

In 1997, Wearmouth was convicted of felony harassment. Charging documents in that case said it was originally filed as second-degree assault "for an incident where he menaced a woman with a knife."

 
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