Woman reports rape partially recorded on voicemail

A 35-year-old Port Orchard man was arrested for allegedly raping his ex-girlfriend, who was encouraged to notify authorities by a friend whose phone had recorded a call from the woman while she was being assaulted.

According to charging documents filed in Kitsap County District Court, the woman came with her friend to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office on Monday to report the rape, which happened four days earlier at her home.

The suspect, who is the father of the woman's 8-month-old son, was violating a no-contact order when he went to her Port Orchard-area home to see the child. The woman said she was holding the boy when they got into an altercation and he pushed her against the wall and grabbed her throat, causing her to drop the baby. He then raped her despite her attempts to fight him off, according to the charging documents.

The woman said that during the assault, her cell phone was next to her on the bed and she tried to dial 9-1-1, but her phone's recognition system instead dialed her friend's number, which begins with 9-1-7. When the friend heard her screaming and the sounds of a physical altercation, he called 9-1-1.

During his call to 9-1-1, the victim called him back and the call went to his voicemail, which recorded more of the assault that was taking place.

A deputy listened to the voicemail recording and said he could hear a female struggling with a male yelling profanities. The deputy reported "It was clear the female was in a great deal of distress and I could at times hear what sounded like a baby crying in the background."

He noted the voices on the recording reasonably matched those of the woman and the suspect, based on interviewing the suspect when he was arrested and booked into jail for violation of the no-contact order.

The woman told deputies she had started dating the suspect about a year ago, and that a few months into the relationship he started becoming violent with her. She said he had tied her up and raped her on two other occasions, but that she didn't report the assaults to police because she was afraid of the suspect, and that he had found her wherever she moved since breaking up with him.

The suspect initially denied having any confrontation with the woman when he was at her home. When questioned about the recorded phone call, he admitted they were arguing and shouting over issues involving their son, but denied having sex with her or physically assaulting her.

The suspect's bail was set at $500,000.

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