Crime

Bellingham man sentenced for statutory rape of teen

A Bellingham man must serve 26 months in prison for the statutory rape of an underage girl, a Whatcom County judged ruled this week.

Brian Patrick Green, 30, had intercourse with the girl four or five times over the course of about a year, according to charging papers.

She was under 14 when the sexual contact started in summer 2014.

According to the girl’s statements to police, Green told her it was wrong for them to keep seeing each other because of their ages. So they stopped briefly but then started to meet up again.

The girl told friends about the sexual relationship. Word reached the girl’s mother in June 2015. She called police.

The girl told detectives Green did not pressure her into sex.

Green pleaded guilty in January to rape of a child in the third degree and child molestation in the third degree.

At a sentencing hearing this week, Green cried and his voice cracked as he addressed Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis. He said he feared for the girl and hoped she was OK.

The judge sentenced Green to two years and two months of prison time, as suggested by a plea deal.

“It really can’t be described as anything other than a perpetrator and a victim,” Montoya-Lewis told Green, considering the girl was less than half his age. “It doesn’t mean you didn’t care for her. And that’s where it’s confusing. It’s clear to me that you care for her. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s a very serious crime.”

He must undergo a mental health evaluation and sex offender treatment. Montoya-Lewis handed down a lifetime no-contact order.

Green had no criminal history. The judge asked if he had any questions.

“No,” Green said. “It all seems very fair.”

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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