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Sailor arrested after caught having sex with 15-year-old at park

A 21-year-old sailor was arrested on Valentine's Day in South Kitsap Regional Park and charged with having sex with an underage girl in his car.

The suspect, who is assigned to the USS Nimitz, was parked in his red Ford Mustang near the basketball courts in the park late Tuesday night when a Kitsap County sheriff's deputy shined his spotlight on the car to investigate, since the park is closed after dark.

According to charging documents filed in Kitsap County District Court, the deputy reported he was unable to see inside the car "due to dark tinted windows and fog on the windows."

He approached the car and told the driver three times to roll down the window before the man complied. When the deputy asked what he was doing in the park, the man replied that he was having sex, although the deputy stated in his report he did not see anyone else in the car.

The man then told the deputy his girlfriend was in the back seat hiding under a Navy sea bag because she was naked, and when a female poked her head out from under the bag the deputy noticed that she seemed considerably younger than the driver.

Both the driver and the female said she was 18, but a records check on her name revealed that she was actually 15. The deputy called the girl's home phone number and her stepfather confirmed her age.

The deputy reported that the girl said she had met the man through an online connection a month earlier, and that Tuesday night was their third sexual encounter, all in the park within the previous week. She also told the deputy that she had told the man in a text message that she was only 15.

She was released when her mother came to the park to pick her up.

When the deputy questioned the man, he at first insisted that the girl had told him she was 18, but finally admitted he knew she was 15, according to the charging documents. He was arrested and booked at the Kitsap County jail for third-degree rape of a child. His bail was set at $100,000.

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