UW dean's list student charged with child rape

by: Amy Clancy Updated:

The University of Washington senior arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl has been charged with second-degree child rape.

Omar Abdelbadie was told numerous times the girl was 12 before she spent the night in his apartment near campus, according to prosecutors. After the sexual encounter, police said they went to Green Lake for ice cream.

Abdelbadie, who has posted $100,000 bond, also left the girl to go tutor students at a UW library. Abdelbadie is a neurobiology major and member of the dean's list scheduled to graduate Saturday. But his public defender argued he needed to be out of jail to finish his finals.

Abdelbadie's arraignment, where he's expected to enter a plea, is scheduled for June 27.

Police said he smoked marijuana with the girl before they went back to his apartment. According to Washington State law, sex between a 22-year-old and a 12-year-old is child rape in the second degree.

At Abdelbadie's bail hearing Tuesday, Michael Hogan of the King County Prosecutor's office said, "What we have is predatory behavior with a 12-year-old."

Hogan argued for Abdelbadie's bail to be set at $100,000.

"He's a senior at the University of Washington on the cusp of graduating," his public defender, Maureen McKee told the judge. "I believe he has exams still, and needs to complete a number of steps before he graduates."

But the judge agreed with the state, calling him "a risk to the community," and imposing a bail of $100,000.