Crime

A Kennewick student reported a rape to the school counselor. The suspect is in jail

A student’s bravery and the actions of a Kennewick school counselor helped catch a suspected rapist.

A student went to a counselor Wednesday to report being molested by an adult, Kennewick police said. The counselor immediately turned to a school resource officer, who brought in the Criminal Investigations Division.

Detectives booked Robert V. Berryhill, 41, into the Benton County jail on suspicion of third-degree rape and third-degree child molestation.

Investigators said they would not have caught Berryhill without the victim’s bravery.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter: @cameroncprobert
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