Sean Michael Hunter, 24, appeared in San Juan County Superior Court Monday afternoon, October 8, 2018 for a preliminary hearing on three cases of child rape and rape filed against him. Judge Kathryn Loring found probable cause and set bail at $100,000 each for two of the cases and at $250,000 bail for the third case.
Sean Michael Hunter sits next to his defense attorney Colleen Kennimond in San Juan County Superior Court. Judge Kathryn Loring set bail at $450,000 for the three cases filed against the 24-year-old man. Sharon Kivisto photo
Case number 18 1 05043: The County Prosecutor's Office had filed one count of Second-Degree Rape of a Child and then in court on Monday, filed an amended information adding a second charge of Rape Second - Forcible Compulsion/Physically Helpless/Mentally Incapacitated, Rape of a Child Second-degree. Defense Attorney Colleen Kennimond questioned the additional charge which was based on the fact the child had consumed alcohol. Judge Loring asked if she'd agree to proceed since she would have the ability to argue this later. She agreed.
According to the information filed in court, on or about August 21, 2018, Hunter allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl at his tent in the bushes off of the Port of Friday Harbor's upper parking lot. Hunter is a transient and had been camping there for several weeks according to the court documents. Judge Loring set bail for the two charges at $250,000.
Case number 18 1 05046: This case involves one count of Rape in the Third-Degree that allegedly took place on or about the afternoon of September 12 in Sunken Park in Friday Harbor. The victim was 18-years-old. She said during the assault Hunter began to bite her throat and she was unable to speak. Judge Loring set bail at $100,000.
Case number 18 1 05049: Three counts of Rape of a Child - Third-Degree were filed. The incidents allegedly took place on or about September 12, September 13 and September 14. The victim was 14-years-old and traveled with Hunter to Anacortes on September 14. Judge Loring set bail at $100,000.
Hunter waits to return to jail as the baliff and his defense attorney discuss details. Sharon Kivisto photo
Hunter's defense attorney Kennimond reserved the right to argue against bail at the next hearing which will be the arraignment set for 9:30 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2018.
She told the court Hunter wants her to argue against the bail.
Hunter was apprehended in Medford, Oregon on September 28 after a $100,000 warrant was issued by San Juan County on September 21, 2018.