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August 10, 2009 at 4:47 PM

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Lake Forest Park man accused of raping son's friend pleads not guilty

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Victor Casarez Sr., a Lake Forest Park man accused of drugging then raping a girl his teenage son brought home, pleaded not guilty today to charges of rape, indecent liberties, sexual exploitation of a minor and possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

His son, Victor Casarez Jr., 18, is also charged with indecent liberties and possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct stemming from the assault of a 15-year-old Shoreline girl on July 21. Casarez Jr. will be arraigned in King County Superior Court on Thursday.

The younger suspect had brought the girl, and at least three other girls, to the house for his father to have sex with, prosecutors said. The other alleged attacks are still under investigation by police.

The 15-year-old girl contacted Lake Forest Park police on July 21 to report that she was raped by her friend's father.

Casarez Jr., a classmate of the alleged victim at Shorecrest High School, picked her up at a Shoreline McDonald's that morning and took her to his house, according to court charging documents. The girl said that she had been to his house before where she met Casarez Jr.'s mother and her ex-husband, Casarez Sr, who was also living at the home.

The girl told police that Casarez Jr. poured her a glass of what tasted like orange juice and what she thought was vodka that morning. The girl soon passed out, charging document said. The girl said that when she awoke she was laying in bed with 60-year-old Casarez Sr. on top of her, court papers said.

She said that the man ordered her to have sex with him and took photos of her with his camera phone, charging papers said. The girl said that Casarez Sr. told her that if she told anyone he would post the photos on the Internet, court papers said.

At some point the girl managed to get a ride home and called police. She told police they would find her underwear at the apartment and a bracelet Casarez Sr. gave her outside the home, charging papers said.

Lake Forest Park police found the girl's underwear, the bracelet and nude photos of the girl, court documents said. Police believe the girl was given a type of prescription sleeping medication, court charging papers said.

Casarez Sr. has a lengthy criminal history for robbery, rape, burglary and bank robbery. If convicted on the indecent liberties charge he will automatically be sentenced to life in prison under the three-strikes law, said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Casarez Sr. is being held at the King County Jail on $1 million bail. Casarez Jr. is out of jail and will have to report to court for the arraignment hearing on Thursday.

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