Oak Harbor child rape suspect sought

A 21-year-old former Oak Harbor man is wanted on a $100,000 warrant in connection with a child rape case, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged James Lee Hoholik in Island County Superior Court Nov. 21 with three counts of rape of a child in the third degree. Under the definition of the charge, Hoholik is accused of having sex with a child who was at least 12 but less than 14 years old when he was at least 36 months older than the child.

The mother of the alleged victim found out about the assault and reported it to police earlier this year. The woman explained that Hoholik and his girlfriend lived in a travel trailer on the family’s property on DeGraff Road from late 2009 to early 2010.

Detective Laura Price with the Island County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the alleged victim, who was 13 years old at the time of the assaults. The girl reported that Hoholik had sex with her multiple times, even after she repeatedly told him no, the report states.

The girl’s mother eventually kicked Hoholik and his girlfriend off the property because they didn’t help around the house, as they had promised. The mother claimed Homolik and his girlfriend often fought because he had sex with a 13-year-old girl in Nevada.

Detective Price has been unable to locate Hoholik or his girlfriend. If convicted of the charges against him, Hoholik could face from about 12 to 16 years in prison under the standard sentencing range.


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