July 10 trial set for woman accused of trafficking to minors

Defendant identifies as 15-year-old boy

PORT ANGELES — A 35-year-old Port Angeles woman who said she identifies as a 15-year-old will go to trial July 10 on one count of delivery of controlled substances to a minor.

Amanda H. Dorrough entered a plea of not guilty Friday afternoon in Clallam County Superior Court before Superior Court Judge Brent Basden.

A status hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on June 9.

Bail remains at $500. If Dorrough, who remained in the Clallam County jail on Sunday, makes bail, conditions of release include no contact with any of the alleged victims as well as anyone younger than 18.

She also is prohibited from coming within 500 feet of any school district property or 200 feet of any state, county or city parks.

Public Defender Attorney Alex Stalker said he was not present when the original conditions of release were set but understood the court had concerns regarding the alleged events.

He said Dorrough has no criminal history so she was not considered to be at risk of not appearing again in court.

Basden agreed she was not a flight risk.

Prosecutor Sarah Woolman said the concern was community safety issues that still remain given that Dorrough has had numerous contacts with minors and identifies as a 15-year-old.

“It’s extremely concerning to the state and the city,” Woolman said. “She has had multiple contacts with minors. We believe bail is appropriate. We have heard nothing to justify changing that.”

Dorrough has been accused of giving controlled substances to minors, which is particularly concerning because of what else might be in them, Basden said.

He mentioned her perception of herself as a 15-year-old boy.

“And the court has concerns about that,” Basden said.

“I believe she has limited financial resources so I set bail at a relatively small amount. I see no reason to change the conditions of release and bail,” the judge said.

When Dorrough said she probably wasn’t going to get out and asked if she could be transferred to a mental health treatment facility, which she was planning to do, Basden cut her off and said that is a conversation she should have with her attorney in private and not in open court.

Dorrough was booked into the Clallam County jail at 1:30 p.m. May 4 for investigation of unlawful harboring of a minor, a gross misdemeanor.

On May 5, that charge was dismissed and replaced with the distribution charge, which is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@sound publishing.com.

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