Hearing reset in Port Angeles child rape, animal cruelty case

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles woman accused of child rape and animal cruelty has had a court hearing rescheduled because she has not yet had a mental health evaluation, court papers said.

Deanna Marie Wilson’s hearing was moved to Jan. 20 in Clallam County Superior Court.

Defense attorney John Black on Friday told Judge Christopher Melly that Seattle psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth Muscatel had had a medical procedure and would evaluate Wilson early this month, according to the minutes of the hearing.

The mental health evaluation was previously scheduled for Nov. 23. Muscatel’s report will help determine a strategy for the defense.

Wilson, 41, is charged with third-degree child rape, four counts of first-degree animal cruelty, possession of and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and furnishing liquor to minors.

Port Angeles police alleged that Wilson raped a 15-year-old boy after providing alcohol to a group of minors Oct. 6 and had sexual contact with her pet dog May 4 and Oct. 1.

Images of the alleged crimes were found on Wilson’s cellphone, police said in the affidavit for probable cause.

Wilson has maintained her innocence.

Her trial was originally scheduled for Dec. 12. The trial date will be reset at Wilson’s next hearing.

Wilson is being held in the Clallam County jail on $100,000 bail.

If she posts bail, Wilson would be required to have no contact with minors or animals and wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor unit.

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

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