A former gravel pit owner from Whatcom County was charged last week with having a "long-term" relationship with an underage teenage boy.
In late September the victim came forward to say Randy Arestad, 37, started having oral sex with him when he was 14 years old, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. He told law enforcement they had "several hundred encounters" of oral and anal sex, in an intimate relationship that lasted more than five years.
Arestad was interviewed by investigators at his home on North Star Road. He admitted to sexual contact, but said "no physical force was ever used against him and everything was consensual," according to the charges.
He was booked into jail and charged with rape of a child in the third degree for the alleged sex with the boy when he was younger than 16. Arestad posted $15,000 bond. He has no felony history in Washington state.
Arestad is the former longtime owner of North Star Sand & Gravel. After a series of legal battles, he sold the gravel pit in 2011.
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