Reading the arrest logs day after day, I sometimes wonder if the public realizes the number of people who are arrested for sex crimes in Pierce County.
We don’t write about child molestation and rape very often. Not unless there’s something excessive or violent about the case. There are a number of reasons for that – among them the sheer number of the cases and the small amount we can say about the crimes without getting too graphic or revealing too much about the victims and violating them further.
But I still read the affidavits to make sure we don’t miss any important stories. Some of them are absolutely awful. Many of them contain details too grisly to put in the paper. One that I read today was especially bad.
Those of us who cover crime – myself, Adam, Stacey, Sean – deal quite often with the bad stuff that happens to people. Not as much as the men and women who investigate these crimes, prosecute them or respond to render medical aid — but still a lot. We carry those stories around with us. And while we go out and report objectively as we can, talk to people, verify information, scrutinize and weigh facts and conflicting statements, make sure everyone gets a fair shake, we’re also human.
So, today I came across a woman who was arrested Friday on a charge of raping her son. Even though it’s unusual to see a woman charged with that crime, it’s not really something we’d write about for the paper.
The accusations in this case are especially ugly. The 27-year-old woman is accused of letting her boyfriend tie her and her 6-year-old son together and then performing sex acts with her child. She allegedly told a neighbor she did it because she was scared of the boyfriend, who ordered her to do it.
So, even though it’s not "news" per se, I’m sharing it here for cathartic reasons, if nothing else.