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Repeat Offender Preyed on Children of Deployed Soldiers

March 16, 2007

DONALD JAY STREICH, 26, of Fort Lewis, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for Sexual Abuse of a Minor. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said STREICH was “one of the most dangerous defendants to appear before him as a judge.”

STREICH was arrested March 21, 2005, after a 15-year-old boy revealed STREICH had molested him in 2004, while STREICH was working in the boy’s home as a babysitter for younger children. In fact, STREICH had failed three times to register as a sex offender, and was moving from house to house on the military base offering his services as a house-cleaner or babysitter in exchange for a place to live. He lived with some families of soldiers serving overseas.

In asking for the ten year prison term, Assistant United States Attorney Mark Parrent wrote to the court, “The defendant has actively sought to put himself in situations where opportunities for the sexual abuse of children are present. He has blatantly ignored his duty to register as a sex offender.
Astonishingly, he has been convicted three times for failing to register as a sex offender.”

Judge Leighton agreed, saying he was very concerned about STREICH’s efforts to introduce himself to situations where he would have access to children. The Judge said the ten year sentence was necessary to protect the public.

The crime occurred on the Fort Lewis Military Reservation, an area of federal jurisdiction, so the crime was prosecuted in federal court.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Fort Lewis 44th Military Police Detachment, and the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Division (CID). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Parrent.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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