Lewis County Watch

A Pierce County couple are facing charges related to allegations of child molestation occurring in Mineral several years ago. 

A 37-year-old Graham man has been charged with three counts of third-degree child molestation — domestic violence, and three counts of second-degree incest. Both charges are class C felonies. 

A 36-year-old Graham woman was charged with witness tampering, also a class C felony.

The Nisqually Valley News is not naming the suspects in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim. 

Both defendants made their first appearances out of custody Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court in response to summonses. They were allowed to remain out of custody on unsecured bail. 

According to court documents, they were a married couple at the time of the allegations and charging papers show them living at the same address now. 

In June 2019, law enforcement received a report of child molestation occurring in Mineral between October 2015 and April 2017 involving an alleged victim between the ages of 14 and 16. The alleged victim reported that the male defendant, her stepfather, touched her in a sexual manner on a regular basis and talked with her about subjects of an overtly sexual nature, according to court documents. 

“(He) also told the victim he considered her his true wife,” according to court documents. 

According to state law, the statute for incest also includes sexual crimes by parents against adopted children or stepchildren. 

The alleged victim also reported that she told her mother, the female defendant, about the abuse, but that her mother told her not to tell anyone and prohibited her from seeking counseling.

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marybdvm

A couple of a days ago my husband and I heard yet another squeal of tires followed by a crash, sirens, and flashing lights - another car accident at the intersection of Killion and Alt 510. We have talked with the police, the city council, the mayor and the county to get some agency to make this intersection safer. Their reasons for not being able to do anything have been related to costs. Apparently different agencies are responsible for different parts of that intersection! I believe the city of Yelm is responsible for at least northbound Killion and the State or maybe Thurston county is responsible for the Alt 510 part. (I've been told this also impacts who is responsible for cleaning up the debris after the car accidents too.)

There have been a number of accidents in the three years we've lived here - seven reported accidents when I checked this fall and who knows how many close calls. We have witnessed three ourselves. Most if not all the close calls and accidents are caused by cars on Killion running through the stop sign and either crossing Alt 510 or turning onto Alt 510

The stop signs at this intersection have been particularly difficult to see especially at night and for people who are unfamiliar with the intersection. I believe the city finally cut down two boulevard trees which did increase the visibility of the stop sign for northbound traffic on Killion which is where the great majority of cross traffic is. They also mowed the brush on the southbound side. Most of the southbound traffic are residents who are familiar with the road and the stop sign. Tree removal and brush cutting have helped especially for the nortbound traffic but it apparently is not enough as evidenced by the most recent accident.

With increasing traffic and most now turning right on Cullens instead of Killion, cars on Alt 10 are travelling at higher speeds past Killion and the accidents are increasing and becoming more severe. The proper "fix" either needs to be solar powered continually flashing red stop signs on north and southbound Killion or blinking red stoplights on Killion and yellow warning lights on Alt 510. I hope it doesn't take a fatality to make this happen.

Thank you.

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