Tacoma police arrested a 32-year-old man Tuesday night after allegedly finding him engaged in sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.
The girl and man claimed the contact was consensual but he was arrested nonetheless because of the ages of the two, Tacoma police report.
Officers were dispatched to the alleyway in the 5200 block of South Thompson Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. They had a report of a suspicious vehicle that was occupied and blocking the alley.
Officers arrived and found two people engaged in sexual contact inside the vehicle, police reported. Officers learned the ages of the man and girl, then arrested the man, police reported.
The man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree child rape. (Under state law, second-degree child rape can be charged when the victim is at least 12 but less than 14 and not married to the suspect AND the suspect is at least three years older than the victim.)
The scene also was processed, police reported.