by: David Ham Updated:
NORTH BEND, Wash. - Lazarus Honeywell was charged Monday with three counts of child molestation.
According to court documents, prosecutors said that Honeywell, 21, molested a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl at his mother's house in North Bend, where she babysits children.
Prosecutors said the alleged molestation happened over a three-year period, from 2010 to 2013.
Honeywell is a manager at North Bend Theater, a local cinema.
The owner of the theater defended Lazarus.
"He's been a trusted and loyal employee for the last six years and I think anybody who knows him and his character would have trouble believing that these allegations could be true," said Cindy Walker.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News tried to talk to Honeywell's mother at their house in North Bend, but no one came to the door.
At Honeywell's church, where he volunteers for the youth group, a staff member said that she didn't want to comment on the allegations. She did say, however, that it's a sad situation and that Honeywell comes from a good family.
Charging documents said that when detectives asked Honeywell about the alleged molestation, he did say there was one incident where the children saw him naked and may have touched him. He denied anything else happened, saying that other times he had helped the children go to the bathroom.
Honeywell is being held at the King County Jail on $150,000 bond.
He will be arraigned May 23.
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