ENUMCLAW, Wash. -
A sex offender was arrested, accused of kidnapping and molesting a girl at the Enumclaw library.
Police said 25-year-old Travis Lear, a Level 1 sex offender who has been convicted of rape, took an 11-year-old girl from the parking lot of the Enumclaw library and into the bathroom, where he molested her.
According to investigators, the girl was at the library Wednesday with her father, who had even talked to Lear. After the assault, library staff called 911 immediately.
Police said officers looked at surveillance video and recognized Lear. They arrested him at his parents’ house.
A background check on Lear showed that he was convicted of rape of a child and rape. One victim was 14 years old, and the other was a developmentally disabled woman in her 30s.
The director of the King County Library System said an assault at a library is unusual and expressed his concern for the victim, as did library patrons.
“It’s awful. I feel so sorry for her and her parents because it’s going to be a long time before they get over, it if they do get over it,” said library user Helen Boisjolie.
Lear is being held at the King County Jail.
He is scheduled for a bail hearing on Thursday.