Convicted sex offender arrested for kidnapping, rape after teen held captive, deputies say

VIDEO: Teen safe after investigators say registered sex offender held girl captive

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A 39-year-old convicted sex offender is back behind bars after deputies say a 16-year-old girl told them she was sexually assaulted and held against her will in Bellingham.

On Wednesday at about 5 p.m., deputies with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office were called for a welfare check in the area of North Bellingham after the girl called 911 and said she “just need(ed) to go home,” investigators said.

After the girl hung up and could not be reached, the location of the call was traced to the 4700 block of North King Mountain Road.

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Deputies said they knew the location because it is where 39-year-old Darrin Moseley, with multiple warrants for his arrests, lived.

When officers arrived, they found Moseley inside his 10x10 shack and saw the teen inside. She immediately ran out and asked deputies to take her home, deputies said.

When the girl was questioned privately, she told deputies that Moseley had kept her against her will after she was dropped off 10 days prior, authorities said. She said Moseley had sexually assaulted her and held a knife to her throat.

Deputies said Moseley had also deleted her phone contacts, gave her alcohol and marijuana and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave.

Moseley admitted to having sex with the girl and giving her alcohol and marijuana, authorities said. Both Moseley and the girl were taken to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for further questioning.

Deputies said Moseley had multiple warrants for his arrests, including a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender in Snohomish County. He was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for kidnapping, felony harassment and multiple counts of first-degree rape.

The Sheriff’s Office said it is continuing its investigation and exploring whether “this is a case of sex trafficking and if other suspects are involved.”