Poulsbo man charged with third-degree rape

POULSBO — Ronald O. Schroeder, 50 of Kingston, is charged in Kitsap County Superior Court with third-degree rape.

The incident occurred at Liberty Bay Assisted Living on Viking Avenue, where the alleged victim and suspect work, on Feb. 16.

According to the report, the alleged victim said Schroeder asked for her help in the laundry room. She was friendly with Schroeder, having helped him in fundraising effort to pay for his cancer treatments, and she had given Schroeder a dog.

According to the report, the alleged victim went to hug Schroeder goodbye when he “pulled her in and tried to kiss her.” She told him no and tried to leave. She was able to leave about 15 minutes later.

A person is charged with rape in the third degree when the victim did not consent to sexual intercourse and such lack of consent was clearly expressed by the victim’s words or conduct, or where there is threat of substantial unlawful harm to property rights of the victim, as stated in RCW 9A.44.060. Third-degree rape is a class C felony.

The alleged victim reportedly received a text message from Schroeder the next day, stating, “I’m sorry.”

Schroeder was picked up by Poulsbo Police Department on Feb. 18 where he initially denied “anything physical took place.” He voluntarily provided a DNA sample, and during the interview reportedly admitted a sexual assault to the officer.

Schroeder was booked into Kitsap County Jail on $150,000 bail, later lowered to $100,000.


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