The King County Prosecutor's Office says 36-year-old Jeremy Schade was convicted of first-degree child molestation back in 1993. Despite this fact, investigators say the 12-year-old stepdaughter of one of Schade's neighbors - who was occasionally allowed to cleanup around his place for extra cash- was unlawfully coerced into stripping out of her top in early December in a trade for time on Schade's computer.
Because of this transgression, which Schade has allegedly admitted to, the Auburn man is in big trouble once again - charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes and behind bars with bail set at $200,000.
According to prosecutors, the 12-year-old victim's parents became aware of the situation when they discovered a text message from Schade asking the girl to delete text messages that were incriminating. When pressed, the girl told her parents what had happened.
Here's how charging documents describe the situation:
Authorities say when he was confronted by the girl's parents, Schade allegedly started crying and admitted he'd "messed up." Instead of going straight to police, though, the girl's parents decided to forbid her from visiting Schade's apartment and enrolled her in therapy. Once in therapy, however, police say the 12-year-old victim disclosed her encounter with Schade and law enforcement was brought into the picture - leading to charges being filed and Schade's arrest.
According to prosecutors, when Schade was arrested he told authorities he'd asked the 12-year-old victim to "do something inappropriate" in exchange for time on his computer, but maintained he was joking.