Crime

Little League coach sentenced for rape of teen girl in Birch Bay

A former Little League baseball coach must serve 14 months in prison for the statutory rape of a teen girl, a Whatcom County judge ruled Monday, June 6.

Ian Anthony Husby, 26, a former Stanwood High School baseball standout, coached the girl’s Little League team in summer 2014. They had a close relationship and often she confided in him about struggles in her personal life, according to court records.

A year later, rumors reached the girl’s mother that her daughter had sexual contact with Husby. The girl confirmed the rumor. Police were called.

The girl told a Snohomish County detective she’d been in Birch Bay visiting a relative in June 2014 when she slipped out of the house in the early morning, and Husby drove up from Camano Island to meet her. They had sexual intercourse in a parking lot in Birch Bay.

She was younger than 16. Once the allegations came to light, Husby, an aerospace worker, told his boss that he had sex with an underage girl, and that he needed to take a leave of absence.

Husby turned himself in to jail in July 2015. Whatcom County prosecutors charged him with rape of a child in the third degree. He pleaded guilty as charged in April, in a deal that suggested 13 months in a state prison.

“He’s never made any attempt to deny this, or minimize what he did,” said his attorney, Raymond McFarland. “He’s always wanted to do what he could to take accountability for this.”

Court records show Husby passed a polygraph test when he said he’d never had sex with other underage girls. On Monday at a sentencing hearing he read a 20-second statement to the court where he apologized to the girl, her family, his ex-wife — who divorced him because of the crime — and the community.

The girl’s mother admonished Husby in court.

“I trusted you,” she said, sternly. “I thought you were actually a good role model for her. And you were not.”

She asked the judge to hand down the maximum sentence, because “there is no sentence I feel is good enough for what Ian Husby did to my daughter.” Husby had no criminal record. Under state sentencing guidelines, he faced 12 to 14 months in prison.

“It troubles me,” Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis said, “that it’s as low as that.”

Montoya-Lewis sentenced him to 14 months behind bars, sex offender treatment, and three years on probation.

The girl attended the hearing but did not speak. The judge addressed her as she handed down the sentence.

“This is not your fault,” Montoya-Lewis said. “You are not responsible for any of the choices made here, by Mr. Husby. It’s very important to me that you hear that.”

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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