Transient charged with rape

Douglas James Holt was charged with one count of third-degree rape in King County Superior Court last week.

Holt, 56, was arrested on Vashon July 12 after an island woman reported he had sexually assaulted her when she gave him a ride to his home on Cemetery Road.

Initially, bail was set at $25,000, but when Holt was charged, the judge raised it to $100,000. Prosecutors had asked for the increase because of the nature of the crime and concerns that Holt, who is a transient, would not appear in court, according to charging papers.

The court documents state that the victim went to visit a friend on the island in the afternoon on July 12, and Holt was present at the friend’s home. When she left, she agreed to give him a ride to his place. During that trip, he sexually assaulted her. She kicked him out of the car near where he was staying on Cemetery Road and went back to her friend’s house, then to the fire station, where they called the police.

Deputies then located and arrested Holt. According to the documents, he told the deputies that he was innocent and did not intentionally do anything wrong and that he knew what he did was wrong and should not have done it. When the victim objected, he said he stopped and apologized. He also  said he believes he misread the situation.

Holt is scheduled to be arraigned on July 31.

— Susan Riemer

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