Bellingham man charged with five counts of child rape

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 10, 2014 

A Bellingham man has been charged with five counts of first-degree child rape, suspected of sexually abusing five girls over the course of several years, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Charles Fisher Baggett Jr., 58, was booked into Whatcom County Jail Wednesday, March 5, after being arrested by the Bellingham Police Department.

The alleged abuse was discovered after one of the victims told a classmate that Baggett forced her to perform oral sex on him. The classmate then told her mother, who told the school counselor. The counselor alerted Child Protective Services as well as the victim's mother.

A police investigation revealed five victims, most of whom were younger than 10 years old when the abuse began. All the girls described similar incidents where Baggett forced them to perform oral sex, according to charging documents.

One of the girls told investigators that Baggett told her not to tell anyone about what he did or he would go to jail. Some of the incidents took place when girls were as young as 3 or 4. Much of the abuse took place at Baggett's apartment in the 1200 block of Whatcom Street, according to the documents.

The state Department of Revenue lists Baggett as the owner of Baggett & Sons Marine Restoration, which is located at 1001 C St. and specializes in restoring and refinishing yachts.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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