Child molester sentenced to 12 months

A 37-year-old Port Orchard man who pleaded guilty to charges that he fondled a teen-aged family member will serve a year in jail.

David Allen Rose was sentenced to 12 months — the high end of the six- to 12-month sentencing range he faced — for third-degree child molestation. Rose pleaded guilty on Nov. 5, one week before his trial was to begin in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Rose was arrested in September after the girl’s stepmother brought her in to file a complaint against him with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

Rose was charged with third-degree child molestation, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

His trial was scheduled to begin Nov. 10, but Rose changed his plea to guilty Nov. 5.

According to court documents, the alleged incidents of sexual contact between Rose and the girl — who is under 16 years of age — occurred between April and September of last year.

Prior to the incident, Rose had gained custody of the children he had with his ex-wife, who at the time of his arrest was serving time in the Purdy Women’s Correctional Facility for narcotics offenses.

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