Sexual Assault in Seattle
by Lewis & Laws
Sexual Assault in Seattle
Police are currently looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting another man at a Renton bus stop on March 21st. On that date, police responded to a report of a naked man running in the street in the area of Northeast Sunset Blvd. and Northeast 12th Street. According to the victim, he was sitting in a stairwell of a nearby apartment building while waiting for a city bus when another man, tentatively identified as James Tyson, approached him, demanding to know why he was sitting in his stairwell.
When the victim replied that he was waiting for a bus, Tyson pulled out a gun, ordering him to take off his clothing, then sexually assaulted him. After the assault, Tyson was strangling, biting and striking the victim when the victim grabbed a glass bottle, smashed it into Tyson's face, then ran, covered in blood and with no clothing. More than thirty stitches were required to close all the wounds on the victim's body; a sexual assault exam was conducted, and other evidence collected. Tyson is still at large, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Seattle Police.
False Allegations of Sexual Assault are Not Entirely Uncommon
Sexual assault on another human being is never okay. That being said, there are people accused of the crime of sexual assault who are, in fact, innocent. According to a 2018 BBC report, somewhere between 2-10 percent of rape or sexual assault accusations are false. This number, provided by a single study, does not include unsubstantiated accusations where the police were unable to prove a sexual assault occurred, therefore the numbers may or may not be accurate. The FBI places the number of false allegations of sexual assault at about 8 percent.
While there are many reasons a person could falsely accuse another of sexual assault, perhaps the most common occurs when a teenaged girl alleges sexual assault as a means of getting out of trouble with her parents. The parents then report the “rape” attempt, and the issue snowballs from there. Other than teenaged girls, false accusations are typically motivated by emotional gain—to cover up a behavior such as adultery—as an act of revenge against a cheating spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, or to gain the upper hand in a child custody issue.
Penalties for Sexual Assault in Seattle
Rape in the first degree is a Class A felony in the state of Washington. A conviction for sexual assault can bring the following severe penalties (depending on the circumstances):
- You could be sentenced to many years of prison —even life in prison— for a sexual assault deemed rape in the first degree. You could receive a particularly harsh sentence if any of the following occurred: kidnapping the victim, causing serious injury, using or threatening to use a weapon during the assault or unlawfully entering the home, vehicle or workplace where the victim is at the time of the crime.
- Second-degree rape is also a Class A felony in Seattle, carrying the same potential penalties as rape in the first degree.
- Third-degree rape is a Class C felony. Upon conviction, you could face up to five years in prison and a fine as large as $10,000.
In addition to paying fines and spending time in prison, you could be forced to register as a sex offender after you have served your time. You might even be required to remain on the list for the rest of your life. Having to register as a sex offender could drastically affect your future. You could find it difficult to secure employment. You could be isolated from other community members. You might even lose friends and family members. Because the consequences are so very severe, it is extremely important that you speak to an experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.
Getting Help From Seattle Criminal Defense Attorneys at Lewis & Laws, PLLC
If you have been arrested and charged with sexual assault, in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Everett, or anywhere in the state of Washington, your entire future may be in jeopardy. If you are convicted, you could face lifelong sex offender registration. Contact an experienced Seattle sexual assault defense lawyer immediately to begin building a swift and formidable defense against these serious charges. The experienced lawyers at Lewis & Laws, PLLC have successfully defended clients in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland. Contact us today at 206.209.0608 or fill out our online contact form to get more information or to get a free case review!