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Sex offender to be arraigned for 1995 rape of Buckley girl

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 am |
July 18, 2012 10:21 am

A convicted sex offender is expected to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he sexually assaulted a little girl in 1995 and left her in a wooded area in Buckley.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Donald Schneider, 53, with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree rape.

He is being held at the Pierce County Jail. Schneider was recently transferred from Walla Walla Prison, where he was serving a life sentence without parole for a 2007 conviction for two counts of first-degree rape and one count of unlawful imprisonment.

The assault took place Sept. 23, 1995. Authorities said the girl, who was then in fourth grade, was a special education student. She was waiting at a bus stop two houses down from her home when Schneider picked her up and forced her into his car.

According to charging papers:

A woman spotted the girl walking alone the Alder Cutoff Road near Springwater Road and stopped to check on her. The victim claimed a man had picked her up, assaulted her and dropped her off in the woods.

The girl told police Schneider dragged her into his car, threatened to hurt her if she tried to escape and hid her beneath a coat and blanket.

After driving her to the woods, he ordered the girl to take her clothes off and sexually assaulted her. Schneider then tied her up and told her to count to 100 before getting dressed and going home.

“He told her ‘I’m a drunk old man and my brain needs help and I’m going to leave you here so someone can pick you up,” documents state.

The victim needed surgery to repair injuries inflicted during the assault.

Schneider was charged in late June, about a month after a DNA hit linked him to evidence recovered in 1995.

He was convicted of second-degree rape and a parole violation in 1982 and of first-degree robbery and second-degree possession of stolen property in 1997, according to the state Department of Corrections.

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