Co-founder of charity to stop sexual exploitation accused of child rape


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A man who established an organization to stop sexual exploitation is accused of years of child sex abuse.

 Investigators said they think there were as many as 100 sexual encounters between the suspect and the teenage victim, both in person and online.

 The victim, a 15-year-old girl, came forward and reported she’d been raped, molested and assaulted repeatedly for years.

 “To me that spoke to her bravery and maturity to be able to do that,” said Shari Ireton with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

 According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect in the case is 40-year-old Dhan Pun.

 In her statement to detectives, the girl said Pun started texting her sexual messages in 2009 when she was in eighth grade, then made her watch pornography with him.

 That summer, Pun had sex with the then-13-year-old, the statement said.

 Investigators said they suspect there was between 80-100 sexual encounters over nearly three years.

 “(Pun) had also created a fake Facebook profile in order to contact her for sexual purposes, but also to convince her to continue her relationship with the suspect as well,” said Ireton.

 The victim reported that by the summer of 2012, Pun was having sex with her nearly every night.

 Paperwork filed by detectives said Pun admitted to some of the sexual assaults and online contact that included receiving nude photos of the girl.

 Pun is the co-founder of WPPC Nepal, a nonprofit based in Washington that helps victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Nepal.

 Pun’s victim said she came forward because she couldn’t live with the burden any longer.

 Charges that include child pornography and third-degree rape of a child will likely be filed next week.