[Hpn] Man charged with raping girl, coercing her into prostitution

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 06:56:57 -0500


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We must put a end to these horrific abuses of  young persons, children =
or persons  coming here for nanny and house keepers jobs,these people do =
not need to be pimped off or exploited!

In Human Rights Struggle

Bill

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008=20

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Man charged with raping girl, coercing her into prostitution
By Natalie Singer

Seattle Times staff reporter

A Seattle man who police say coerced a 12-year-old girl into =
prostitution has been charged with two counts of second-degree child =
rape and one count of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor and =
could face 17 to 23 years in prison if convicted.

Steven L. Leonard, 23, met the seventh-grader on a sidewalk in Seattle =
on Jan. 9 and persuaded her to run away from home with him, according to =
charging documents filed Tuesday by the King County Prosecuting =
Attorney's Office.

Leonard allegedly had sex with the girl several times and gave her tips =
on how to work as a prostitute, including how much money to charge for =
various sexual acts, according to charging papers.

A man then paid the girl for oral sex and she later handed over most of =
the cash to Leonard, according to the charging documents.

Leonard is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail =
and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. He has been previously =
convicted of escape, theft, animal cruelty and possession of stolen =
property, and he has been booked into the county jail seven other times =
in the past 11 months.

Charging documents detail the five days police say Leonard spent with =
the girl before she was spotted by her uncle on the street in Seattle on =
Jan. 13 and taken to Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center. =
Leonard was arrested three days later.

After they met, Leonard and the girl took a bus to White Center, where =
they had unprotected sex and then spent the night with his 18-year-old =
fianc=E9e, who regularly sneaked Leonard into her bedroom in the =
apartment she shared with her father, according to charging documents =
and information from the fianc=E9e.

According to the documents, Leonard told the 12-year-old girl that he =
knew they shouldn't be having sex but he didn't care. Under state law, =
any sexual act between an adult and a minor under the age of 16 is =
illegal.

Leonard and the girl stayed at his fianc=E9e's house a second night, =
sleeping on the floor together, charging papers say. The following day, =
Leonard took the girl to Federal Way, where she met a man who paid her =
for oral sex, according to the charges. When the customer asked her age, =
she said she "wasn't supposed to tell him," police said.

The girl gave the money she earned to Leonard, except for a small amount =
to buy food with, the documents state.

Leonard and the girl spent a third night in a backyard shed near West =
Seattle, according to the charges. The following night, they returned to =
the fianc=E9e's home, according to the documents.

The fianc=E9e told police that Leonard had made money from other girls =
through prostitution. Police also are investigating the fianc=E9e's =
claim that Leonard also tried to coerce her into prostitution.

Natalie Singer: 206-464-2704 or nsinger@seattletimes.com

















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New Hampshire Homeless
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.
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<H1>Man charged with raping girl, coercing her into prostitution</H1>
<P class=3Dbyline>By <A href=3D"mailto:nsinger@seattletimes.com">Natalie =

Singer</A></P>
<P class=3Dsource>Seattle Times staff reporter</P></DIV>
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<P class=3Drelatedlabel>A Seattle man who police say coerced a =
12-year-old girl=20
into prostitution has been charged with two counts of second-degree =
child rape=20
and one count of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor and could =
face 17=20
to 23 years in prison if convicted.</P></DIV></DIV>
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<P>Steven L. Leonard, 23, met the seventh-grader on a sidewalk in =
Seattle on=20
Jan. 9 and persuaded her to run away from home with him, according to =
charging=20
documents filed Tuesday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's =
Office.</P>
<P>Leonard allegedly had sex with the girl several times and gave her =
tips on=20
how to work as a prostitute, including how much money to charge for =
various=20
sexual acts, according to charging papers.</P>
<P>A man then paid the girl for oral sex and she later handed over most =
of the=20
cash to Leonard, according to the charging documents.</P>
<P>Leonard is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 =
bail and is=20
scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. He has been previously convicted of =
escape,=20
theft, animal cruelty and possession of stolen property, and he has been =
booked=20
into the county jail seven other times in the past 11 months.</P>
<P>Charging documents detail the five days police say Leonard spent with =
the=20
girl before she was spotted by her uncle on the street in Seattle on =
Jan. 13 and=20
taken to Children's Hospital &amp; Regional Medical Center. Leonard was =
arrested=20
three days later.</P>
<P>After they met, Leonard and the girl took a bus to White Center, =
where they=20
had unprotected sex and then spent the night with his 18-year-old =
fianc=E9e, who=20
regularly sneaked Leonard into her bedroom in the apartment she shared =
with her=20
father, according to charging documents and information from the =
fianc=E9e.</P>
<P>According to the documents, Leonard told the 12-year-old girl that he =
knew=20
they shouldn't be having sex but he didn't care. Under state law, any =
sexual act=20
between an adult and a minor under the age of 16 is illegal.</P>
<P>Leonard and the girl stayed at his fianc=E9e's house a second night, =
sleeping=20
on the floor together, charging papers say. The following day, Leonard =
took the=20
girl to Federal Way, where she met a man who paid her for oral sex, =
according to=20
the charges. When the customer asked her age, she said she "wasn't =
supposed to=20
tell him," police said.</P>
<P>The girl gave the money she earned to Leonard, except for a small =
amount to=20
buy food with, the documents state.</P>
<P>Leonard and the girl spent a third night in a backyard shed near West =

Seattle, according to the charges. The following night, they returned to =
the=20
fianc=E9e's home, according to the documents.</P>
<P>The fianc=E9e told police that Leonard had made money from other =
girls through=20
prostitution. Police also are investigating the fianc=E9e's claim that =
Leonard=20
also tried to coerce her into prostitution.</P>
<P><EM>Natalie Singer: 206-464-2704 or <A=20
href=3D"mailto:nsinger@seattletimes.com">nsinger@seattletimes.com</A></EM=
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