Crime

Whatcom County man accused of child rape gets 18 months

A man accused of raping a girl multiple times over the span of several years has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Aaron Lee Greve, 21, raped a girl younger than him repeatedly for five years starting when he was 12 years old, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. He was charged with four counts of first-degree rape of a child.

Greve initially denied sexually abusing the girl, charges say, before admitting to a sheriff’s deputy that he may have molested her. Greve later told a Department of Corrections investigator that the sexual abuse was not as severe as he was accused of, but he didn’t remember everything.

He accepted an Alford plea — maintaining his innocence but conceding a jury might convict him — in July that reduced the charges to third-degree child molestation and assault.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years probation on Aug. 20.

Greve said he was sexually abused when he was 4 or 5 years old by a girl older than him, though he never reported it to anyone, court documents say. He said his parents, who both abused methamphetamine, moved around Whatcom County several times when he was growing up.

Greve, too, has abused methamphetamine in the past. He had been living in Motel 6 in Bellingham, and he has a child who was born in March 2015, according to the DOC investigation.

He was convicted of second-degree theft — a felony — in 2013.

Greve “has suspicions that he may have some degree of mental health concerns” but has never received counseling or mental health treatment, the DOC investigator reported. He must undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation as part of his sentence.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.

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