TACOMA, WA – Yesterday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jonathan Harris, 26, with multiple counts of child rape, child molestation and possessing and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He pleaded not-guilty and bail was set at $2,000,000.
“We see a lot of crimes, sex crimes, property crimes, and scams that originate on Craigslist,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “I urge people to be cautious on Craigslist, especially when it comes to child care.”
K.W.’s mother placed an ad for a male nanny in late 2011, when K.W. was 6-years-old. She hired the defendant who cared for K.W. daily while his parents worked. Over the next two years, the defendant and K.W. had “naked parties” at each others’ homes. The defendant took multiple videos and photos of K.W. naked, which he stored on an external hard drive. They also touched each others’ genitals and performed oral sex on each other. The defendant performed anal sex on K.W. multiple times. K.W. told detectives that the defendant had a black bag called the “Kyle bag,” which contained sex toys and lubricant.
In October 2013, K.W.’s 13-year-old cousin I.S. spent a day with the defendant and K.W. The defendant took them to a Tacoma motel where the three took photos of each other naked. The defendant attempted to have anal sex with I.S.
The defendant began placing his own ads on Craigslist and found another victim, G.B. The mother of 5-year-old G.B. hired the defendant to babysit G.B. on Sundays while she worked. On Feb. 3, G.B. told his mother that the defendant took him to a Super Bowl party and the defendant sat G.B. on his lap and placed his hand over G.B.’s genital area. The defendant told G.B. that he knew a secret about another boy, and showed a video on his cell phone of victim K.W. in his underwear. G.B.’s mother was able to identify K.W. through the defendant’s Facebook page, and she contacted his mother.
On Feb. 6, detectives served a search warrant at the defendant’s home. They arrested the defendant and seized his cell phone. Detectives found naked photos on K.W. on the cell phone. They also found a text message stating, “I would like to get him into a public bathroom or locker room so that he can see me and I can see him so he see that it is no big deal… once he is in that level of comfort things will move really quickly.”
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office