All stories about rape are cringe-inducing. More so when the alleged victim

All stories about rape are cringe-inducing. More so when the alleged victim is mentally or physically challenged. The following is one of those.Nicolas Masuhay was arrested Tuesday after King County prosecutors charged him with two counts of third-degree rape. Investigators believe that the 62-year-old Auburn man spent the spring of 2009 repeatedly forcing himself on a hearing-impaired member of his extended family. The victim, who investigators describe as almost completely deaf and partially vision-impaired, was living with her brother and his family, including Masuhay, her brother’s father-in-law. On March 19, the day of the first attack, the 40-year-old victim was alone in her room reading the Bible when Masuhay entered, say court documents. When the conversation turned to sex, the woman asked him to leave. He didn’t oblige. Detectives now say that from March to May of 2009, Masuhay forced the woman into having sex with him several times. According to police reports, she tried to inform her housemates of the attacks, but was told by her brother that she “didn’t know what she was talking about.” According to court documents, he later prevented her from calling the police. She then tried calling their sister but couldn’t communicate because of her disability, says the police report. After several attempts, she was finally able to inform her sister, who then filed a report with Auburn police.When questioned by investigators prior to his arrest, Masuhay denied the allegations. And the victim’s brother sided with his father-in-law, saying that his sister was “just looking for attention.”The alleged victim has since been removed from her brother’s home. Masuhay has too. He remains in custody on $150,000 bail.


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