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Few births in Washington outside of marriage; 5th lowest rate

by Matt Rosenberg May 7th, 2013

Washington state has one of the lowest rates of out-of-wedlock births in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. A new report issued in May 2013 says that in the most recent year for which detailed American Community Survey data on the subject are available – 2011 – 35.7 percent of births nationwide were to unmarried women. In Washington, the rate was just 27.7 percent or fifth lowest overall, but it ranged widely within the state by metro region. Tri-Cities and Bremerton were far below the national average, while greater Seattle, Olympia and Bellingham were somewhat below it. Spokane was slightly below the national average, Wenatchee above it, and Longview and Yakima far in excess of it. State-by-state, the only ones with lower overall rates than Washington were Utah, New Hampshire, Montana and Nebraska. They ranged from 14.7 percent to 25.3 percent. It matters, say the authors of the report, because children born outside of marriage are more likely to be raised in poverty, and have poor developmental and behavioral outcomes.

Felony sex bust of California software worker, in Seattle sting

by Matt Rosenberg May 3rd, 2013

A 29-year man from India in the U.S. on a work visa and employed at the time as a San Jose, Calif.-based software development manager for, was arrested April 12 and charged April 19 in King County Superior Court with the felony offense of attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor after becoming ensnared in a Seattle Police Department vice unit sting involving an apparent 15-year-old prostitute. Public documents in the case file assert he agreed to pay the apparent prostitute $60 for oral sex, cuddling and fondling in his room at the Seattle Hyatt at the end of a five-day business trip here in mid-April. It is another in a series of Seattle Police vice unit busts attempting to root out alleged patrons of underage prostitutes – engineered through online hook-up ads, emails and text messaging conversations. Similar cases recently filed have not yet yielded convictions but have already resulted in a University of Washington-Bothell teaching associate being placed on temporary leave, and a managing director of the Seattle-based national firm Slalom Consulting being dismissed from his job.

Software consultant charged in Renton sex sting

by Matt Rosenberg April 22nd, 2013

An Orange County, Calif. Oracle software expert who bills himself at his LinkedIn page as current “finance lead consultant at Boeing” has been charged in Washington state with the felony crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a minor after a sting operation by Seattle Police resulted in his arrest at Spring Hill Suites Renton less than two weeks ago.

According to a report from the Seattle Police Department’s Vice/High Risk Victims Unit, attached to King County Superior Court charging papers in the case, Javier Ramos Palomino, 48, of Aliso Viejo, Calif. was ensnared in a Seattle Police vice unit sting operation that began at an online hook-up site. It involved an apparent 15-year-old female prostitute.

Prosecutors: online sex predator victimized girls in WA, PA

by Matt Rosenberg April 17th, 2013

In separate cases, criminal prosecutors in King County, Washington and Delaware County, Pennsylvania have charged the same 20-year-old Virginia man with felony sex offenses after he used social media to arrange hook-ups allegedly resulting in sex with young teen girls. Charged in King County with Rape of a Child 3 and in Delaware County with a series of alleged sex crimes is Ashley Ryan Hareford. He is now was being held in lieu of a $1 million bond in a Delaware County jail. Although the alleged sex acts with a 14-year-old runaway foster child for which Hareford is charged in King County occurred in May of 2012, the case was not referred to King County for possible prosecution until late January 2013 and charges were filed just more than two weeks ago, on April 1. Despite having aroused suspicions almost as soon as he arrived in Puget Sound last May, Hareford was able to skate out of town within days of admitting to Puyallup Tribal Police he had had sex with the girl, who he claimed had told him she was 18. When she finally came forward in October with a different story, he was long gone. She said he used Facebook and to build trust with her before hitchhiking cross-country to meet in person.

By no later than Nov. 30, say Delaware County authorities, Hareford had again used social media, in this case the chat app Party In My Dorm, to successfully woo a 13-year-old Radnor Township, Pennsylvania girl upon whom he allegedly also perpetrated a series of felony sex offenses. Whether and when he will have to fully answer for the Washington state child rape charge is unclear at this time. (UPDATE – 4/17/13, 3:51 p.m.: Delaware County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Emily Harris tells us Hareford pled guilty yesterday and was sentenced on the Pennsylvania charges to 15 to 30 years in prison. reports District Attorney Jack Whelan said Hareford will be extradited to Washington to face the charges there after he finishes his just-issued prison term.)

CapHill bartender charged for alleged sex acts with girl, 13

by Matt Rosenberg April 15th, 2013

A hip presence on the Seattle restaurant scene has been charged with the Class A felony of Rape of a Child in the Second Degree. According to King County Court documents Matthew Aaron Cannelora, 28, whose most recent address police say is in the 1700 block of Boylston Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, is alleged to have committed multiple sex acts with a 13-year-old girl in her Rainier Beach home last December while he was staying there with his adult sister to help take of care of the girl and her younger sister. The parents, close friends of his, were away on a trip to Mexico to attend a wedding. Cannelora declined comment on the case when contacted by a reporter.

Charges were filed March 20. Cannelora entered an initial plea of not guilty at his arraignment April 3. The next court date is April 16.

Cannelora’s profile has risen in recent years in Seattle foodie circles. He was bartender at Quinn’s Gastropub on Capitol Hill, then at the west CapHill eatery La Bete. Now according to staff on site Sunday April 14, he works just south of Madison near Seattle University at Von Trapp’s, 912 12th Ave., which is owned by the Emerald State Restaurant Group. (UPDATE – 4/15/13, 7:12 p.m. We have just heard from Rich Fox, Operating Owner of Von Trapp’s, who emailed to say, “Matthew Cannelora was a part of our opening staff but is no longer employed by our establishment.”)

UW teaching associate faces felony sex charge in recent Seattle sting

by Matt Rosenberg April 12th, 2013

A PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business who also teaches undergraduate business courses at UW Bothell was charged in mid-March with the felony offense of commercial sexual abuse of a minor. The case developed from an in-depth, two-day online exchange between a Seattle Police vice unit 44-year-old male detective impersonating a 15-year-old female prostitute and a 32-year-old Ukrainian citizen teaching “financial policy and planning” to UW-Bothell undergrads. According to King County Superior Court records, it included agreement on sexual acts and price, delivery of a female vice cop impersonating the bait to a University District block near the teacher’s apartment, plus payment by the teacher to a driver who was also an undercover cop, as other police watched from stake-out locations nearby. The sting culminated in a bust immediately thereafter.

Port of Seattle temp’s scam try brings three felony charges

by Matt Rosenberg April 8th, 2013

A former Port of Seattle temp named Kelly Wengping Lee hired from the AppleOne firm is charged in King County Superior Court documents with three counts of felony identity theft for allegedly trying to go on an online Nordstrom shopping spree using the Port credit cards of Port Commission Office executive assistant Marcella Hernandez, who supervised her, as well as Port Commission President Tom Albro and then-Port Commissioner Rob Holland. According to a Port police report Lee admitted the attempted buys, and said she needed some retail therapy after recent personal troubles.

Wide range of confidential commissioner ID data found in temp’s home, car
Searches Lee formally authorized by Port police of her Magnolia apartment and her car turned up not only Port credit card numbers for Holland, Albro and Hernandez, but also those of Port Commissioners John Creighton, Bill Bryant and Gael Tarleton, and a wealth of confidential identifying data on Tarleton and Creighton including personal credit card account information, birthplaces and dates, social security numbers, frequent flyer plans and driver’s license numbers. According to case documents, Hernandez had shown the temp Lee a white binder with confidential Commissioner data and told her she might need to use it to make travel arrangements for some of them.

Port of Seattle porn probe prompts painter’s exit

by Matt Rosenberg March 25th, 2013

Internal reports obtained by Public Data Ferret through a public records request reveal a Port of Seattle sign painter and Snohomish County resident named David John Swensen resigned from his job after confessing to viewing pornography on workplace computers. A Port of Seattle Police investigation found “numerous pornographic images” on one computer used at work by Swensen, plus “several pornographic photos” on another. A third computer placed into evidence in the investigation had on it a special application that could have been used to sweep it clean, according to Port police reports. Port documents show Swensen also admitted to accessing child pornography “by accident” on work hardware, but none was found in the police review and no criminal charges were filed.