Washington man gets 20 years for raping special-needs child
Clallam County / Peninsula Daily News
Byron G. Midkiff, 42, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of second-degree rape of a child with domestic violence and two counts of second-degree child molestation with domestic violence.

via KCPQ:

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (KCPQ) -- A 42-year-old northwestern Washington man who raped a 12-year-old girl who suffers from a mental disorder has been sentenced to 20 years and five months in prison.

The Peninsula Daily News reported Thursday that Byron G. Midkiff received the sentence in Clallam County Superior Court.

Midkiff pleaded guilty in January to two counts of second-degree rape of a child with domestic violence and two counts of second-degree child molestation with domestic violence.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson imposed the 245-month sentence despite a recommended sentence of 210 months, the Daily News reports.

The child told deputies that Midkiff had been touching her sexually since she was 6. The victim did not attend the sentencing hearing.

The judge said she was “stunned” by Midkiff’s statements to law enforcement that the girl had acted sexually aggressive towards him and that he “knew it was wrong but he didn’t know how to stop her.”

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