BREMERTON, Wash. -- The mother of the YMCA employee accused of child rape claims the police have the story all wrong.
Malachi Powell, a 21-year-old employee of the Kitsap Family YMCA, has been charged in the rape of a 13-year-old member of the club.
But Powell's mother, Vanessa Kroger, says Powell had consensual sex with a girl whom he thought was much older.
"When he called yesterday, it was, 'Mom, I can't believe this. I did not know she was 13,'" she said.
On Friday Powell, charged with second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, faced a judge.
Investigators say Powell met the girl while working as a receptionist at the club at 60 Magnuson Way, and gave her and her family a tour of the facility when they joined in May.
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Answer by mancosmomma at 9:26 AM on Jun. 13, 2009
If he gave the family a tour...did they not possibly chit chat about age and what was required about supervision. Being stupid does not alleviate responsibility. It seems sort of like a rape victim who dresses sexy--so it is her fault? Now this girl looked older, and may have some sexual experience, but it is still illegal and considered rape. IF the family did join he would have access, most likely, to records that show age and birth dates. If the girl lied she lied, but I have a feeling this guy should have had more indications about her age if the family came to the YMCA together, for a tour. Still who really knows...........2 sides to every story and then there's the truth!
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