30 months for Chelan defendant who molested unconscious woman

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WENATCHEE — A 73-year-old Chelan resident who’s been in jail for 15 months was sentenced to twice that long Wednesday for sexually molesting a woman who passed out on the porch of his home.

Richard Allan Swain did not admit to the crime when he pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault with sexual motivation, but agreed that he might be found guilty of the original charge of second-degree rape if he stood trial. He entered a plea in exchange for prosecutors’ recommendation of a 30-month prison sentence.

Chelan County deputies arrested Swain in March 2020, seven months after a 31-year-old woman became intoxicated at a downtown Chelan bar, got separated from her friends, and encountered Swain while he was parked nearby. She accepted a ride from Swain to his home in the 600 block of South Iowa Avenue.

The woman then fell unconscious on the porch of Swain’s trailer, while friends who’d accompanied her to the bar called police to report she’d gone missing. The woman told deputies she had no recollection of what happened between leaving the bar around 11:30 p.m. July 13 and awakening hours later near Swain’s home.

The victim underwent an examination at Lake Chelan Community Hospital. Months later, Washington State Patrol Crime Lab analysis of samples taken during the exam found Swain’s genetic material, indicating he had sexually abused her while she was unconscious.

Swain remained jailed in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center after his arrest. In addition to the prison term assigned by Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan, he must register as a sex offender and spend the remainder of his life on supervision by the Department of Corrections.