Spokane Valley Sheriff's deputies and detectives want
to know if there are more victims of an 85-year old
man, arrested on multiple charges of child rape and
Last week, deputies arrested Marvin E. Peterson on
two counts of rape of a child in the first degree,
one count of child molestation in the first degree,
four counts of child molestation in the second degree
and one count of unlawful imprisonment.
Detectives had been investigating Petersen for several
months, looking into allegations of sexual abuse that
occurred over the last two years. The victim in that
case is not yet in her teens.
"During that investigation, detectives learned of
past unreported or uncharged sexual abuse by Peterson,
stemming back to the mid to late 1950's," the Spokane
County Sheriff's Office wrote in a news release. "Some
of the known sexual assualt behavior was reported
to police in Eugene, Oregon, but due to the incidents
occurring in the 1950's, charges could not be filed
since the statute of limitations had expired."
All of the suspected victims in the case are young
girls. They are family members or former family members
or children who lived with or near Petersen. His current
address is in the 13900 block of East 6th in Spokane
Before this case, Petersen had never been convicted
of a crime. But, detectives believe that because of
his "reported history of sexual abuse over the past
60 years, there are potential victims who have been
Detectives released Petersen's photo with the hope
that any other victims or witnesses will come forward.
Anyone who has been victimized by Petersen or has
information about suspicious activity, call Sexual
Assault Unit Detective Brandon Armstrong at 509-477-6610.