$100,000 bail set for Port Angeles woman accused of child rape

The 41-year-old woman is accused of sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy.

PORT ANGELES — Bail was set at $100,000 on Thursday for a 41-year-old Port Angeles woman accused of third-degree child rape.

Deanna Marie Wilson is also being investigated for possessing, sending and dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and furnishing liquor to minors with sexual motivation.

“I believe there is a significant community safety concern here,” Clallam County Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour said before setting the bail amount.

Port Angeles police arrested Wilson on Wednesday for crimes she allegedly committed Oct. 6 against a 15-year-old boy.

Wilson allegedly video-recorded herself engaging in sexual contact with the boy, police said.

Investigators also alleged that Wilson sent a naked image of the boy to one of his friends, according to the probable cause report.

The Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will consider filing formal charges at Wilson’s next court appearance Monday.

Witnesses reported the alleged crimes to police Wednesday.

Police obtained a search warrant for Wilson’s iPhone, which contained naked images of the alleged victim and a video of Wilson engaging in sexual contact with the boy, court papers said.

Wilson admitted to drinking alcohol with the boy and other minors at a Port Angeles residence before the alleged rape occurred, Officer Sky Sexton wrote in his arrest report.

“Wilson expressed doubt over [the boy’s] age at the time and said that she asked him to make sure it was legal for them to have sex,” Sexton wrote in the probable cause report.

“Wilson said that she took [the boy’s] word.”

Despite Wilson’s lack of criminal history, Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michele Devlin requested a $250,000 bail for Wilson.

“The state’s entire argument is based upon community safety and the predatory nature of her behavior,” Devlin said.

Wilson sat quietly and shook her head as Devlin reviewed the allegations in the police report.

Defense attorney Harry Gasnick of Clallam Public Defender said he understood the state’s concerns but disagreed with the predatory behavior argument.

“She’s not alleged to be going out and soliciting these contacts,” Gasnick said.

Gasnick asked the court to consider releasing Wilson without bail and require her to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet and have no contact with minors.

Coughenour set the $100,000 bail and signed four sexual assault no-contact orders protecting the minors who were at the residence when the alleged crimes occurred.

“The allegations are that there are videos and things are being sent out on phones, etcetera,” Coughenour said.

“There’s a lot more victims than just the people in the house.”

Should Wilson post bail, she would be required to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, have no contact with minors and reside with her father.

Under state law, third-degree child rape occurs when someone has sex with a person who is 14 or 15 and is at least four years older than the victim.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.

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