Former Klahowya security guard enters plea agreement

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County Superior Court Judge M. Karlynn Haberly recommended on Friday that Andrew Alfred Jr., 33, the former Klahowya Secondary School security guard and junior varsity boys basketball coach who is being charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, spend eight months in Kitsap County Jail.

On Dec. 9, 2004, it was discovered that Alfred had consensual sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old female Klahowya student on more than one occassion. Although the age of consent for sexual activity in Washington is 16 years old, sexual contact between Alfred and the 17-year-old is a criminal offense because it occurred between a school employee and a student.

Alfred originally pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty during Friday’s hearing. His plea agreement with the state includes a sentence ranging from six to 12 months. Although the court is recommending Alfred spend eight months in jail, he will not be formally sentenced until March 21. He was booked back into Kitsap County Jail after his change of plea hearing with no bail. After Alfred serves his time in jail, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Alfred’s trial was originally set for Feb. 2 but was changed when he decided to change his plea. On the evening of Feb. 2, the 17-year-old victim posted a message on a free Web site that discussed his change of plea which was titled “He finally pleads guilty.”

“This whole Andrew case is driving me absolutely crazy,” she wrote. “I get calls all the time changing dates for trial and everything. I finally get a call yesterday saying that Andrew has changed his plea to guilty. Which saves me so much. Because I was going to have to testify in front of a whole

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