Bremerton man charged with molestation

A 60-year-old Bremerton man was arrested Jan. 6 for luring a person with a developmental disability and first-degree child molestation.

He was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court Jan. 9. Maximum sentence, if convicted, would be life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. Bail was set at $150,000.

Bremerton police responded at 4:13 p.m. after receiving a call from the nanny of three children. Police were told the neighbor gave the kids treats and toys, at first with their parents nearby, but sometimes later when they were not.

On this day a boy was invited inside for hot chocolate. The boy said he was offered $350 and a “kids driveable car.” He felt uncomfortable so he left.

The boy said the man locked the doors when they came inside, but the boy unlocked one when the man wasn’t looking. He said they exchanged a “high five” and a “fist bump” but there was no other physical contact. However, the boy said the man did try to touch his “no-no.”

Police knocked on the door, but the man didn’t answer. After getting a warrant, he did come out and was arrested.

Meanwhile, in another police report, a 38-year-old man was charged in court Jan. 3 with second-degree assault and bail was set at $100,000. He faces 10 years in prison and/or at $20,000 fine if convicted.

A sheriff’s report says on Dec. 26, 2022, the man at about 3:50 a.m. grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground. The man had moved from Florida and at first lived in the home, but moved to a recreational vehicle outside the property. The man had been drinking, woke her up and got mad when she told him to clean up the kitchen after he had made a mess.