BELLINGHAM — Michael Sulak, 52, a veteran Seattle firefighter, pleaded not guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court Friday to charges of child rape.
Sulak is accused of having sex with a then-15-year-old girl several times late last year.
Sulak is charged with three counts of third-degree child rape and one count of unlawful harboring of a minor.
According to court documents, the girl, who has since turned 16, told authorities she first met Sulak through a theater group, Northwest Washington Theater Group, and that they grew close because she felt he “really listened to her,” court documents said. “She admits being flirtatious with him … does recall one incident when she took his phone and hid it in her bra. The defendant put his hand in her bra to get it out.”
The girl stated that during a performance in…
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