Prosser man found guilty of raping, molesting preteen girl

Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldJune 20, 2014 

Prosecutors expect to ask for a sentence of more than 13 years in prison for a Prosser man convicted of raping and molesting a preteen girl.

Richard Cain, 49, was back on trial this week in Benton County Superior Court after a jury could not reach a verdict in his 2013 rape and molestation trial.

Prosecutors decided to retry Cain following the hung jury, and he was convicted Thursday of first-degree rape of a child and first-degree molestation.

The victim's testimony at the three-day trial helped convince jurors that Cain was guilty, said Benton County Deputy Prosecutor Anita Petra.

"The things that she described can only be described by someone who lived through it. Her ability to articulate what happened to her was key," Petra said.

The charges carried the aggravating circumstances that Cain was in a position of trust when he abused the girl, so prosecutors can now ask for a sentence outside the standard sentencing range.

Charges against Cain were originally filed in 2011 after the girl reported the abuse to a family member. The abuse happened during a period of time from 2006-10, court documents show.

The girl is not named under a Herald policy not to identify people who report being sexually assaulted.

Petra said they have not decided what sentence to recommend to the judge at an upcoming hearing.

Cain will have to serve a minimum sentence of at least 10 years in prison, she said. He could spend up to life in prison if it's determined he is a sexually violent predator who is likely to reoffend if released.

Cain did not take the stand in the case and the defense did not call a witness, Petra said.

Authorities searched Cain's Prosser home after he was arrested. They reported finding about 90 marijuana plants, pounds of pot, dozens of guns and packaging materials, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

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