Port Angeles man indicted on federal child sex abuse charges

Teenager later attempted suicide

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man is set to be arraigned July 10 after he was indicted late Wednesday by a federal grand jury on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, who later attempted to kill himself, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Briceson R. Standley, 34, has been held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, south of Seattle, since his arrest on June 15.

Arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. July 10 in F Courtroom before Judge Theresa L. Fricke, said Emily Langlie, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

Court records said Standley met sometime between April 1, 2022, and June 4, 2022, with a 15-year-old boy with whom he had communicated on a social media app.

A criminal complaint filed June 13 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma alleges the first count involved a sexual act or attempted sexual act (contact between mouth and penis) sometime between April 1, 2022, and June 4, 2022.

The same complaint states the second count alleges a sexual act or attempted sexual act (contact between penis and anus) sometime between April 1, 2022, and June 4, 2022.

“In the first encounter, Standley sexually molested the youth,” prosecutors said in court documents.

“In the second encounter, Standley allegedly carried a machete and a pocketknife. Standley allegedly raped the youth.”

“The 15-year-old ceased any communication with Standley and ultimately reported the conduct to a health care provider,” the press release stated.

According to the criminal complaint, the abuse was uncovered Nov. 14, 2022, when the teen ended up at Seattle Children’s Hospital after taking a potentially lethal dose of painkillers on Nov. 7, 2022. After he told a nurse practitioner about the assault, the nurse practitioner called the Port Angeles Police Department to report it.

After a U.S. Park Service investigation, it was determined the alleged assaults occurred in Olympic National Park, which gives federal courts jurisdiction in the case.

Sexual abuse of a minor under federal law is punishable by an unspecified fine, 15 years imprisonment, or both.

The case was investigated by the Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service and Port Angeles Police Department, according to the release.


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

More in Crime

Charge added against former Olympic Medical Center ER doctor

Hill allegedly assaulted six female patients

Sequim man jailed for alleged assault, eluding police, other counts

A 59-year-old Sequim resident remained in the Clallam County… Continue reading

Both accused, alleged victim in ICU

Both the accused and the alleged victim involved in… Continue reading

Two airlifted after stabbing near Port Townsend highway

Law enforcement uses stun guns to stop man from harming himself

Port Angeles man sentenced on drug charges from June traffic stop

Digital scales, about 5,000 pills found during vehicle search

Attempted warrant arrest leads to pursuit

PA man investigated for eluding deputies, reckless endangerment

Charges dismissed during trial in 2020 assault, burglary case

PORT ANGELES – Assault and burglary charges against an Oregon man dating… Continue reading

Forks man charged with drug endangerment

Officials: Hair tested from 18-month-old positive for meth

Teens plead not guilty in alleged pier assault

Both boys have status hearings next month

Sequim man found incompetent to stand trial in his murder case

Attorney general’s office could argue to have him committed