San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring sentenced Sean Hunter, AKA Sunshine and Sean Marley, to 200 months in prison for one count of second-degree rape of a child February 25, 2019. She also sentenced him to 60 months each on two counts of third-degree rape of a child. He also received a 12-month sentence for third-degree assault. The charge of "with sexual motivation" was dropped from the assault charge.
Sean Hunter (left in orange jumpsuit) in San Juan County Superior Court October 18, 2019. Sharon Kivisto photo
The sentences are to be served concurrently. He will receive credit for the number of days he has been in custody.
He was originally charged with the following counts at his preliminary hearing October 8, 2018:
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.
The cases were later consolidated and the plea deal arrived at in 2019 resulting in the sentencing on one count of second-degree rape of a child; two counts of third-degree rape of a child and one count of third-degree assault.