A 47-year-old Oak Harbor man was sent to prison last week for repeatedly and regularly molesting two preschool-age children from 2015 to 2017, according to court documents.
Peter L. Lambert admitted to committing the “acts of sin” and apologized when he pleaded guilty but later denied committing the crimes and claimed the children lied because he broke up with their mother, according to the pre-sentence investigation report.
“He stated that he wants to ‘do his time’ in custody but did not offer any contrition or acknowledge any harm done to Minor A or Minor B,” the report states. “It is disappointing that he would choose to take this approach.”
Lambert pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Dec. 30 to two counts of child molestation in the first degree. Lambert had been facing four counts of child rape in the first degree with aggravating factors, which carries a much longer sentence range, but the charges were amended as part of a plea bargain.
On Jan. 27, Judge Christon Skinner followed the prosecutor’s recommendation and sentenced Lambert to an indeterminate sentence of 89 months to life in prison, which is the maximum available sentence. After Lambert serves the 89 months, an indeterminate sentence review board will decide whether he should be released.
After his release, Lambert will be supervised by the Department of Corrections for his entire life. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
The pre-sentence report, written by a community corrections officer, states that both of the children have struggled emotionally and psychologically because of the abuse. One of the children said she feels anxious and depressed and has trouble sleeping at night due to nightmares about the assaults.
The report states that the physical and sexual abuse Lambert inflicted on the young children on a daily basis was “horrific and truly damaging.”
The report describes some posts on Lambert’s Facebook page, which provide “some insights into his persona.” Lambert, who listed “redneck” as a nickname, posted an image of a Confederate flag with a camouflage deer skull and antlers that form a human skull, as well as an image of Donald Trump on a ATV with a bald eagle and American flag.