- May 12, 2004
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- Enterprise, Alabama
They both deserve an especially horrid place in hell. SICKENING.
New Details Emerge In Child Rape Case
POSTED: 7:31 am PDT August 4, 2006
UPDATED: 7:44 am PDT August 4, 2006
TACOMA, Wash. -- The case against a former Tacoma police officer accused of raping his girlfriend's son also includes the woman.
The boy's mother was arrested Thursday for investigation of rape because of allegations she was involved in sex acts with her son.
The retired officer, Lee William Giles Jr., was once the public face of the city's police force. He frequently visited schools and appeared on television and radio during his 30-year police career.
Giles pleaded not guilty Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court to three counts each of first- and second-degree child rape and one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor and of possession of child pornography.
Judge Katherine M. Stolz set bail at $1 million and Giles, 61, initially held in isolation from other inmates, was moved to a jail in another county for his own safety, officials said. If convicted on all counts he could face 20 to 26 years in prison.
Also on Thursday, Giles' 46-year-old girlfriend -- the boy's mother -- was arrested for investigation of two counts of first-degree child molestation and three counts of first-degree child rape. She was placed on suicide watch, sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer said.
Investigators were looking into any contacts Giles might have had with other children, Officer Mark W. Fulghum said.
"We'll see where the investigation leads us," Fulghum said.
As an officer, Giles appeared with Harvey, the talking motorcycle, in a grade school program designed to make officers seem less scary and was involved in the TV program "Behind the Shield." After retiring he became host of the radio show "Crime Time" on KLAY-AM.
There was no history of accusations of sexual misconduct by Giles while he was on the police force from 1970 until his retirement in 2000, officials said.
"This came as a complete surprise," Fulghum said.
According to documents filed by prosecutors in court, the case came to light last month after the boy, now 18, moved to Spokane County to live with his father and told his father that Giles had raped him. He later told investigators he also had been forced to perform sex acts with the woman.
Giles admitted under questioning that he had raped the boy, likes little boys and child pornography and, while on duty, sometimes took child pornography from drug houses, investigators wrote.
According to court filings, Giles told investigators he twice had oral sex with the boy, starting when he "was a little bitty kid, like 6 or 7," and took videos of himself and the boy fondling each other. The boy, described by prosecutors as developmentally disabled, said he was assaulted from age 9 until he was 14 or 15.
On Tuesday, police wrote, detectives recorded a conversation in which the boy asked Giles what he should say about what had happened.
"Just tell them you can't remember," the former officer was quoted as saying. "I can't remember nothing and you can't remember nothing, right...
"Just tell them nothing. ... Just say nothing about it."