Convicted child rapist faces new charge

A convicted child rapist is accused of raping a Coupeville woman.

A convicted child rapist who was recently relieved of the duty of registering as a sex offender is accused of raping a Coupeville woman, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged 44-year-old Christopher A. Mazdra in Island County Superior Court with rape in the second degree. He is accused of raping a friend who passed out after drinking and continuing to rape her when she awoke and told him to stop, according to a report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Under the charge, Mazdra could face an intermediate sentence of 210-280 months to life in prison. Under an intermediate sentence, a review board decides if an offender should be released after he or she serves the minimum sentence.

Mazdra, a Coupeville resident, has a complicated history in Island County Superior Court. In 2006, a jury found Mazdra guilty of three counts of rape of a child in the third degree for having sex with a 14-year-old girl when he was 24 years old. Mazdra was also convicted of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes; the victim was a 13-year-old handicapped girl.

At the sentencing hearing, Mazdra asked that his client be sentenced under the Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative, or SSOSA, which is a special state program under which an offender agrees to treatment and supervision in the community in exchange for reduced incarceration time.

Mazdra’s attorney described him as a developmentally and physically disabled man who would benefit from the treatment and structure provided by the SSOSA program. He said his client would be extremely motivated to comply with the program.

The prosecutor, on the other hand, opposed a SSOSA, noting that it would be very unusual following a trial in which the victims had to undergo vigorous and painful cross-examination.

In the end, the judge granted Mazdra a sentence under SOSSA. She sentenced him to nine months in jail. Under the sentence, Mazdra was ordered to comply with many conditions, including weekly treatment from a certified sex-offender treatment provider, obtain and maintain employment, avoid places where he may encounter potential victims and comply with supervision by the Department of Corrections.

Mazdra, however, didn’t comply with the requirements of the SSOSA and the prosecutor’s office repeatedly asked for the SSOSA sentence to be revoked. The judge gave Mazdra several changes to get into compliance, but ultimately the special sentence was revoked and he was sentenced to five years in prison.

The sheriff’s office had deemed Mazdra to be a high-risk, Level III sex offender. His obligation to register as a sex offender expired a few months before he was arrested on the current charge, according to the prosecutor’s office.

In regard to the current allegations, he told a deputy that he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened. The deputy noted that he expressed concerns about going back to jail or losing his chance to get housing “and did not seem overly concerned or worried about potentially having sexually assaulted his lifelong friend, who he claimed was like a sister to him.”