BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man has been charged with repeatedly raping and molesting a girl younger than 12.
Nen Than Phan, 54, confessed to police in late March that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with the girl - who is now a teen - but denied ever having intercourse with her, according to charging documents filed last week in Whatcom County Superior Court.
The girl recalled things differently. He tried to convince her it was normal in the United States for the two of them to engage in sex acts, according to her story.
"She says that it is almost an every day occurrence and sometimes twice a day," the charges claim. "As time went by, he told her that if she told anyone she would be shamed and disgraced and disowned by him and their community."
Prosecutors allege that he made her call him by the Vietnamese word for "husband," bought her expensive sex toys, bribed her for intimacy and forced her to endure painful sex acts.
The girl reported the crimes to police the night of March 28. Less than 36 hours later, Phan admitted to "making love" to the girl, according to the charges. He refused to call it sex.
Phan, a resident of Garland Lane, is being held in Whatcom County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Prosecutors charged him with three counts of rape of a child in the first degree and three counts of child molestation in first degree.
He has no criminal history in Washington.