Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 45-year-old man with kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl in Tacoma last month.
Henry William Hauser Jr. pleaded not guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
Police launched an investigation after the alleged victim told her therapist recently she’d been abducted and raped, court records show.
The girl told investigators a man later identified as Hauser pulled a knife on her and forced her into his car during the early-morning hours of July 12. He then drove her to a garage, where he boosted her into an attic area and raped her, she reported.
At some point, her attacker programmed his phone number into her cellular phone and told her to call him “if anyone tried to hurt her,” the records show.
Police traced the number to Hauser and interviewed him. He initially denied bringing anyone back to his garage for sex but later said he gave a girl a ride some time ago and said they went back to his place for sex.
Hauser is a convicted felon who was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections at the time of the alleged attack, records show. He’s previously been convicted of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault with sexual motivation.
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