A 21-year-old man accused of having sex with a young teen girl is behind bars on $100,000 bail after allegedly telling people he could flee to El Salvador if charged with a crime.
Victor I. Dubon of Pasco appeared Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, a day after police picked him up on a warrant for third-degree rape of a child.
The felony charge was filed Monday, though Pasco detectives have been investigating the allegations since April when the girl's parents first contacted police.
Dubon is scheduled to return to court next Tuesday so he can enter a plea in the new case. Shelley Ajax has been appointed to represent Dubon.
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According to court documents, police were called April 19 about a possible rape complaint.
Detective William Parramore separately interviewed the girl and Dubon, and learned the two allegedly had sexual intercourse twice in April at his home.
Then on Monday, the girl's parents told Parramore that Dubon violated a civil no-contact order which had been put in place while waiting for criminal charges to be filed, documents said.
The parents also reported that friends of the victim were at Dubon's home recently and heard him talking about fleeing the country to stay with family in El Salvador "if any serious criminal consequences resulted from the allegations," documents said.
The warrant for Dubon's arrest appears to have been issued Monday after those revelations.
Dubon was told Tuesday that he is to have no contact with the victim while the case is pending.
Pasco renter faces August trial for motel fire
A Pasco motel renter who sparked a four-alarm fire while trying to get rid of tumbleweeds and brush faces trial Aug. 29.
James Michael Grant, 58, pleaded innocent to first-degree reckless burning for the May 28 incident at the Loyalty Inn. The felony charge states that he knowingly caused the fire which recklessly damaged the 1800 W. Lewis St. building.
The Pasco man had been staying at the motel for about 16 months when he decided to try cleaning up outside. The blaze started around 1:20 p.m. after Grant used a handheld lighter to burn weeds, court documents said.
Winds apparently fueled the fire and caused it to quickly spread through part of a two-story building at the Loyalty Inn, formerly called Vineyard Inn.
It took six hours for about 75 firefighters from 10 agencies in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties to battle the blaze and work to keep the flames from spreading.
Extensive fire and smoke damage was limited to a portion of the motel that was being renovated and the pool area.
Another part of the motel is used for short-term and extended-stay rooms. Dozens of people staying in that area were temporarily displaced while fire crews worked to extinguish the flames.
No occupied units were damaged.
Grant was interviewed by Pasco Officer Saul Mendoza and provided a handwritten statement admitting to his role in the fire, documents said.
During his first court appearance, he told a judge that he "made a stupid mistake."
Grant was released from custody May 29 after his brother posted his $5,000 bail. He reportedly has no prior felony convictions.