Employee Charged with Rape at Washington Institution
by Andy Jones
December 7, 2016
An employee at the state’s largest institution for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been charged in the alleged rape of a 57-year-old woman with autism living at the facility.
The employee, who works at Rainier School in Buckley, Washington, was found early on the morning of November 13 by another staff member, having sex with the woman, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.
The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged the employee with two counts of rape in the second degree. He plead not guilty to both counts at an arraignment hearing the next day and bail was set at $500,000, according to KIRO 7 News.
“It is absolutely abhorrent that someone would do this to one of our residents. We are grateful for the quick response by the staff member who witnessed this heinous act and took immediate action,” said Evelyn Perez, assistant secretary of the Washington State Department of Social Services’ in charge of the Developmental Disabilities Administration, which operates Rainier School, in a statement.
Rainier School, one of four state-run institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington State, houses approximately 320 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.