Oak Harbor man accused of raping, molesting child

Prosecutors charged Jethro “Marley” Maffel in Island County Superior Court Oct. 1.

A 25-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of raping and molesting an 11-year-old girl, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged Jethro “Marley” Maffel in Island County Superior Court Oct. 1 with two counts of rape of a child in the first degree and one count of child molestation in the first degree.

Detective Jennifer Gravel with the Oak Harbor Police Department reported that the child’s parents disclosed the allegations of sexual abuse on Sept. 23, after the girl told a relative what had happened.

During an interview, the child told police that Maffel went into her bedroom when she was alone on three different occasions and sexually assaulted her, Gravel’s report states.

One of the girl’s parents confronted Maffel, who allegedly admitted that he did, cried and said he was sorry, the report states.

On Oct. 1, the detective arrested him at his workplace, a seafood processing plant in Anacortes. Maffel told police that he “messed up” and got kicked out of his family’s house, the report states.

Records show that Maffel has no criminal history in the state. The detective’s report states that he has been living in a hotel with a friend.

In Island County Superior Court on Oct. 1, Deputy Prosecutor David Carman asked that Maffel be held in jail on $250,000. Judge Christon Skinner, however, ruled that Maffel can be released on electronic home monitoring, but he will be held in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail bond until the monitoring in set up.

In addition, the judge ruled that Maffel is not to have contact with children, besides his children, and not go to places where children congregate. Also, he must surrender his passport if released.

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