PORT ANGELES — A 64-year-old Port Angeles man has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to child rape.
Alan J. Deming was sentenced Tuesday to 194 months — 16 years, 2 months — for repeatedly raping a girl when she was between the ages of 12 and 17, the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.
The sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson was on the high end of the standard sentencing range.
“The sexual assaults came to light when the survivor disclosed to a pastor, who reported Deming’s crimes to law enforcement,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Roberson said Wednesday.
“Upon his arrest, Deming corroborated the survivor’s disclosure and admitted that he had raped her repeatedly.”
Deming pleaded guilty Sept. 8 to one count of second-degree rape of a child and two counts of third-degree rape of a child.
He was arrested May 28 after Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Stoppani interviewed the victim and two family members. The victim told Stoppani that she had been raped “about 100 times total,” according to the affidavit for probable cause.
Deming was charged June 2 with second- and third-degree child rape and first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.
“In exchange for sparing the survivor from having to testify, the prosecution dismissed the less serious charge of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree,” Roberson said in a press release.
Based on Deming’s offender score and state sentencing law, the standard sentencing range was 146 months to 194 months.
The victim and her family provided statements that were read in court by a Healthy Families of Clallam County advocate, Roberson said.
“When it was Deming’s turn to address to the court, he expressed remorse and indicated he would take whatever treatment was offered while incarcerated,” Roberson said.
Roberson said Deming had abused a position of trust. He noted the victim’s vulnerability, the years of the abuse and the “heinous nature of the crimes.”
Deming will be subject to a review of the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board (ISRB) prior to his release from prison.
“The ISRB has the discretion to keep Deming incarcerated for up to a life term,” Roberson said.
“If released, Deming will be on community custody for life subject to the same ISRB where he will be required to comply with all directives from the (state) Department of Corrections.”
Erickson signed a post-conviction sexual assault protection order prohibiting Deming from having any contact with the victim for life.
State Department of Corrections Officer Kasey Ulin recommended the 194-month, high-end sentence said in an Oct. 2 report.
“These may be Mr. Deming’s first adult felony convictions, but the severity of the crimes are extremely alarming,” Ulin said.
“The trauma and damage that Mr. Deming has caused will last a lifetime.”
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at [email protected].