Bremerton instructor charged with sexual assault of cadet

An instructor at Washington Youth Challenge Academy in Bremerton was in Kitsap County Superior Court May 24 charged with third-degree rape of a cadet.

Court records say he confessed to police and apologized to school officials as he was being handcuffed. His job was to “oversee the safety and welfare of the cadets.” The facility is for troubled kids.

The 28-year-old Bremerton man faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Bail was $100,000.

Court records show Bremerton police responded to the 1200 block of Carver Street W. May 23 at about 12:19 p.m.

The cadet said the previous day the instructor showed him gay pornography on a website. The instructor asked him to pick a video he might like to watch. He refused, but then the boy said the instructor kept telling him to pull his pants down. He refused numerous times but finally did, and that’s when the sexual assault occurred.

The instructor admitted he is gay when being interviewed by police and said the cadet’s account of what happened was accurate.

Door jamb assault

A 61-year-old Bremerton man was in Superior Court May 22 charged with third-degree assault for using a door jamb with a nail in it against the victim.

Bail was $50,000. He faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Court papers say Bremerton police responded to the 3500 block of Wheaton Way May 21 at 1:44 p.m. A man was bleeding from the head. He said he was hit with a door jamb that had a nail. He said he was having a conversation with the suspect when race was brought up.

The victim said the suspect thought he called him a racial slur so he attacked him. Officers found the door jamb in bushes nearby and then arrested the suspect.

Teen arrested

A 19-year-old Bremerton woman was in Superior Court May 22 charged with residential burglary.

Bail was $100,000. She faces 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Court records show Kitsap deputies responded April 13 to the 7600 block of Merastone Lane NE. The victims were hanging out with two women. They later saw a man try to steal three pairs of expensive shoes from the front porch, estimated to cost $860.

One victim tried to stop the man but was assaulted. The man tried to flee out the back door, and both victims tried to stop him but the two women pulled their arms away, aiding in the escape. During the struggle, one of the women bit a victim.

Police were able to identify the 19-year-old via the other woman’s Facebook page.