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Judge denies lower bail for man charged in decade-old sexual assault in Tacoma

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm with 7 Comments »
July 18, 2012 2:16 pm

A Pierce County judge today refused to lower bail for a man accused of sexually assaulting a Tacoma woman a decade ago.

Prosecuting Attorney Lori Kooiman said the judge left Brian Brent’s bail at $750,000 because he is considered a high flight risk and could possibly re-offend.

Brent, 38, of University Place, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree rape, first-degree burglary with sexual motivation and second-degree assault with sexual motivation in the June 2, 2002, incident.

In that incident, the victim told police she was attacked at her home in the 5000 block of North Bristol Street while she was sleeping. She had left the door unlocked for her boyfriend and awoke to find a stranger standing over her. The intruder left after assaulting her.

A DNA sample taken from the woman’s pajama pants, which were soiled with the intruder’s semen, linked to Brent earlier this year after being compared to the state’s database of convicted felons.

In a letter asking for a lower bail, Brent’s wife Linda said his main concern is their children and he would never skip bail for fear of not seeing them again.

“It has never been an option to run and live a life as a fugitive,” Linda Brent wrote.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. fanciladi says:

    Life caught up with him…thank-you DNA results. You play you pay…or should pay!!! He’s already had about 10 years of freedom after this rape…

    Good call, Judge!

  2. MrCarleone says:

    Brian needs to spend some “special time” with Bubba in D-Block !

  3. Regfool2 says:



  4. It’s so easy to judge and make your smug remarks hiding behind your computers, isn’t it?

  5. jofish10 says:

    @amfama; I can only speak for myself, but after several weeks of typing lessons, I find it very easy.:)

  6. fanciladi says:

    @amfama…’easy to judge and make your smug remarks hiding behind your computers’…you mean like you just did???

  7. JimmyJames says:

    Sounds like he thinks of his children. The guy has always been a punk.

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