After 10-year rape kit delay, man charged with raping, kidnapping teen in Seattle

Then-Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced an initiative in 2015 to test each of the backlogged kits. At the time, of the 1,641 rape kits administered in the previous 10 years, only 365 had been tested by the State Patrol crime lab.

Cases had to meet certain criteria to be sent to the state crime lab for testing, but O’Toole’s announcement prompted Seattle police to send each kit along for examination.

Bolar was already a Level III sex offender and had been convicted in 1993 of third-degree child rape for assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the Wild Waves amusement park.

The 14-year-old girl in the Seattle case was walking on a street in Beacon Hill Oct. 24, 2007 looking for a pay phone to call her boyfriend when she noticed a man walking behind her, according to a police report.

Then-Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced an initiative in 2015 to test each of the backlogged kits. At the time, of the 1,641 rape kits administered in the previous 10 years, only 365 had been tested by the State Patrol crime lab.

Cases had to meet certain criteria to be sent to the state crime lab for testing, but O’Toole’s announcement prompted Seattle police to send each kit along for examination.

Bolar was already a Level III sex offender and had been convicted in 1993 of third-degree child rape for assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the Wild Waves amusement park.

The 14-year-old girl in the Seattle case was walking on a street in Beacon Hill Oct. 24, 2007 looking for a pay phone to call her boyfriend when she noticed a man walking behind her, according to a police report.

The man grabbed her, pulled her into a yard with tall bushes and raped her. He allegedly used a garden hose attached to the house and forced it in the girl’s vagina to clean the evidence of the assault.

The attacker then took her to a nearby vehicle and threatened to kill her if she tried to find help. They reportedly drove to a McDonald’s and headed back to the man’s residence somewhere off Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South. The man told the teen that she was not allowed to leave and he would find and kill her if she did, according to court documents.

He raped and beat the girl and forced her to clean his house throughout the next two days, police said. The girl would later claim that the man raped her at least seven or eight times. Every time she tried to leave, he beat or raped her again.

The teen escaped while the attacker was at work and another man inside the house was asleep on the couch. She ran out the front door and contacted a friend who called police.

Staff at Harborview Medical Center collected forensic evidence from the girl for her rape kit. The kit was not tested until Dec. 28, 2017, when the crime lab found a DNA profile that matched Bolar’s in their database.

Bolar was 42 at the time of the girl’s assaults.

The state Attorney General’s office won a $3 million U.S. Department of Justice grant last year to test and investigate the 6,460 rape kits stored and untested at law enforcement agencies throughout Washington. The oldest dates back to 1982, the office said.

The Attorney General’s office has only received 25 percent of the award to perform an inventory of the state’s backlog, but announced Wednesday it would request the remainder of the money to so the kits can be tested and investigated.

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