Cub Scout leader pleads guilty to rape, molestation charges

News-Times staff

A Oak Harbor Cub Scout leader is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty Tuesday to several charges of child molestation and child rape.

Anthoney Polubinski, 30, pleaded guilty July 17 in Island County Superior Court to child molestation in the first degree — with aggravating circumstances; indecent liberties — with aggravating circumstances; child molestation in the second degree; rape of a child in the third degree; possessing depictions of minors in sexually explicit conduct in the first degree; and obstructing — intimidating a witness, according to a news release from the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

The child molestation and child rape charges include a “special allegation” that that victim was particularly vulnerable and the defendant abused a position of trust.

It’s unclear if there was one or more victims. One victim, who is now 18,  claimed Polubinski started molesting and raping him when he was 8 or 9 years old, according to an earlier story in the Whidbey News-Times.

Polubinski allegedly told the victim not to report the abuse because it would “tear the family apart,” according to the News-Times story.

Polubinski is currently in the Island County jail, where he will remain until he is sentenced. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in Island County Superior Court. He faces a sentence of a minimum of 14 and a half year to a maximum of life in prison.


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