Level 1 sex offender faces life in prison for rape of five children in Spokane County

Level 1 sex offender faces life in prison for rape of five children in Spokane County

A Spokane County man faces up to life in prison for the rape and molestation of five children.

In January 2018, KXLY reported that Dean Zumwalt, 38, was arrested for sexually abusing two young girls. Zumwalt pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment. Detectives suspected that Zumwalt had more victims and continued an investigation into the matter.

In July, the investigation led to three new victims. Days after those three victims were found, Zumwalt confessed to raping and molesting all five children.

Zumwalt is already a Level 1 Registered Sex Offender from a third degree rape conviction back in 2010.

He faces up to life in prison, but a prosecutor recommended the low end of the standard sentencing range to be served concurrently. That would mean Zumwalt would be behind bars for less than 33 years. The judge will decide at his sentencing on August 31.