Sequim man sentenced for sex crimes

PORT ANGELES — A Sequim man has been sentenced to six months in jail and a year of supervision by the state Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to sex crimes.

Michael Douglas Millsap, 52, was sentenced July 3 by Superior Court Judge Christopher Melly. Millsap pleaded guilty to third-degree child molestation and communication with a minor for immoral purposes on April 16, the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported.

As a condition of the sentence, Millsap is required to register as a sex offender.

On Aug. 8, 2017, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Millsap had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Sheriff’s office representatives interviewed the victim, who described Millsap as an uncle figure to her even though the two were not biologically related, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Further investigation into the relationship revealed that Millsap would invite the girl to help him clean horse stalls, took her to lunch and shopping for clothes and for drives, the prosecutor’s office said.

Investigators said they also found that on July 8, 2017, Millsap invited the girl to work on demo cars, bought her cigarettes and offered her alcohol before taking her to a residence in Joyce, where they drank alcohol together, the prosecutor’s office said.

That evening, the girl went to sleep on a couch and woke up in the middle of the night to find Millsap lying next to her and touching her, the prosecutor’s office said, adding that girl reportedly kicked Millsap and told another adult resident what had happened the next morning.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation further revealed that Millsap had been texting the girl using inappropriate language of a sexual nature, prosecutors said.

Millsap was ordered to undergo a pre-sentencing investigation, which was completed in late June.

Given that the case was resolved through a plea in place of a trial, the girl was not required to testify in open court.

At the time of sentencing, the standard sentence range under state law was six to 12 months jail. The state recommended a sentence of six months jail and one year of supervision, while the defense recommended that two months be converted to electronic home monitoring and that one month be converted to community service work.

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