Former Christian youth camp director pleads guilty to voyeurism, domestic violence

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WENATCHEE — The former director of Tall Timber Ranch near Lake Wenatchee pleaded guilty Monday to charges of felony voyeurism and domestic assault, and now faces a possible sentence of time served and registration as a sex offender.

David Mark Saugen, 45, of Plain spent 96 days in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center after his arrest Sept. 30, and prosecutors say he should be sentenced to time already served when he next appears in court May 26. Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt ordered Saugen’s bond exonerated after deputy prosecutor Julia Hartnell said she would not ask for him to be detained before sentencing.

A family member discovered Saugen on Sept. 20 making cellphone recordings of a teen showering at his home. When confronted, Saugen shoved and injured the relative while leaving the house. He later admitted the crimes to his family, and to governing boardmembers of Tall Timber Ranch, where he had worked as director since 2015.

The camp, affiliated with the Northwest Coast Presbyterian Church, hosts Bible-based retreats for children and young people. Saugen’s crimes did not take place at the camp. After his confession but prior to his arrest, the managing board placed him on administrative leave and barred him from the grounds, and later dismissed him.

Saugen pleaded to first-degree voyeurism, a Class C felony in Washington, and fourth-degree assault with a domestic violence components, a gross misdemeanor. He has no prior criminal convictions. The voyeurism charge carries a standard sentencing range of two to six months in jail.

Hartnell said at sentencing, she’ll recommend Brandt impose a year’s supervision by the Department of Corrections, five years’ bench probation, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment. He has already undergone a psychosexual evaluation. State law requires that he register as a sex offender.