King County prosecutors on Friday filed a charge of first-degree child molestation against a convicted sex offender accused of assaulting an 11-year-old girl at the Enumclaw Library on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
According to a statement of probable cause by Enumclaw police detectives, the victim told police that Lear ordered her into the library bathroom or he would kill her. He reportedly molested the victim while inside the bathroom with her.
The girl told her father immediately about the incident and pointed to Lear as he was walking away from the building. Lear denied the incident occurred then later told the father he was trying to help the juvenile find the suspect.
Police were able to positively identify Lear as the suspect with the father's help and with video taken earlier in the day from the Enumclaw Police Department lobby.
With the charge, prosecutors also filed notice of a special allegation that provides for a longer sentence if a sexual assault was a predatory offense. If a jury finds the predatory allegation to be proven, it triggers a mandatory 25-year sentence.
King County prosecutors have obtained convictions on two prior cases with the special allegation since law went into effect in 2006. If convicted as charged, the defendant would face a minimum 25 years up to a potential maximum sentence of life in prison. After he serves the 25 years, a parole board has the ability to keep an inmate in prison up to life for convictions on certain sex offenses. Lear, 25, remains in jail with bail set at $1,000,000.
Arraignment is on Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.