Suspect denies sexual assault

A 26-year-old Oak Harbor man could face more than five years in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting a friend, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Daniel Rush in Island County Superior Court Jan. 30 with indecent liberties by forcible compulsion. He pleaded not guilty Feb. 11.

The standard sentencing range for the charge is four years and three months to five years and eight months in prison.

According to the report by Sgt. Mike Beech with the Island County Sheriff’s Office, he first responded to a complaint of a verbal domestic dispute at a Lisa Street residence Jan. 26. Rush, who was going through alcohol withdrawal, returned from Idaho and was staying at his estranged wife’s home. Since he had no place else to go, his wife was going to stay at a friend’s home until he could go into treatment.

Beech was called back to the home a few hours later because of a report of an attempted rape. The woman, who was friends with the couple, claimed that Rush tried to rape her after she brought him some cigarettes, the report states.

“There was a very clear lack of consent, and he took a substantial step toward trying to force intercourse,” Beech wrote.

Rush told the officer that he and the woman were “making out,” but that he stopped when she told him to. He denied any wrongdoing.

You can reach News-Times reporter Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or call 675-6611.

More in News

Greenbank Progressive Club plans to rebuild after storm

Greenbank Progressive Club plans to rebuild. The large group that meets monthly… Continue reading

Island County seeking applicants for committees

A new year means new ways to get involved in government decision-making.… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Grown gets grant

Many Whidbey makers, growers and retailers will have new opportunities to collaborate… Continue reading

City plan to close jail hits obstacle

Oak Harbor officials’ plans to close the city jail and enter into… Continue reading

UFO talk on Whidbey draws a big crowd

Washington state has always played a prominent role in the history of… Continue reading

Larsen supports bill that would unfreeze Growler process

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen recently voted in support of a wide-ranging appropriations… Continue reading

Man kills his ex-girlfriend, calls to tell her mother, then shoots self

Editor’s advisory: The following article contains details that could be disturbing for… Continue reading

Victim, suspect identified in Freeland murder-suicide

The Island County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect and victim in a… Continue reading

UPDATED: Man who perished in plane crash identified

A plane crash near Whidbey Airpark in Langley Saturday morning has resulted… Continue reading

Most Read