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Former Klahowya security guard to serve 12 months in jail

PORT ORCHARD — Andrew Alfred Jr., the former Klahowya Secondary School security guard convicted of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for having consensual sex with a female student, was sentenced on Monday to 12 months in Kitsap County Jail.

On Dec. 9, 2004, it was discovered that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female Klahowya student. 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. The sentencing terms of his plea agreement with the state ranged from six to 12 months in jail.

At Monday’s sentencing, Alfred’s attorney, Jennifer Atwood, requested that Alfred receive a six month sentence. In her opening statements to the court, Atwood mentioned that Alfred has no criminal history and discussed both her and Alfred’s long list of discrepancies with the pre-sentence investigation report. According to Atwood, the discrepancies included where the contact between Alfred and the victim occurred, the number of times Alfred and the victim met, his employment history and family history.

Atwood also said she had a short talk with the victim outside the courtroom and that the victim indicated she made a mistake, she was 17 and she doesn’t say Alfred took advantage of her. Atwood told the court that Alfred’s intentions are to serve his time, get on with his life and possibly enter culinary school or a trade. The victim as well as Alfred’s family and friends made statements on his behalf before Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jay B. Roof handed down his sentence.

The 17-year-old victim broke down in tears as she made her statement to the court on Alfred’s behalf.

“I wanted to say that this was totally consensual,” she said. “Andrew has never hurt me or made me feel in an awkward position ... I never wanted to hurt him in any way. I hope that his family doesn’t blame me for what happened. He has a

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