Port Orchard man charged with raping teen

A 40-year-old Port Orchard man was charged with molesting a teen-aged family member Thursday after a family friend called police, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

George Michael Ray, 40, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 11, following an investigation by sheriff’s deputies into the caller’s allegations that Ray had been molesting a female family member under the age of 18.

According to the caller, the incidents began several years ago when the alleged victim was 12 years old.

When deputies talked to the victim, she confirmed Ray had molested her as recently as two weeks ago.

Deputies then spoke with several other teen-aged witnesses, all whom confirmed that the victim told them that Ray had been forcing her to have sex with him on a regular basis for years. They also said Ray provided them with beer on several occasions.

One of the female witnesses claimed Ray had also made inappropriate advances toward her as well.

After obtaining an arrest warrant, deputies spoke with Ray. He admitted he had purchased alcohol for several of the teens in the past, and had allowed them to drink it in his home.

He neither confirmed nor denied the allegations of molestation when the deputies questioned him about them.

He was then arrested and booked into jail.

At his arraignment Thursday, Ray was charged with one count of rape of a child in the second degree, with a special allegation of domestic violence, and one count of rape of a child in the third degree.

Bail was set at $175,000. His omnibus hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.

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