SNOHOMISH — The woman and her household had been prospects of SnoTown Brewery in downtown Snohomish for years.
Then sooner or later the woman didn’t wish to go there anymore.
Prosecutors allege the proprietor, Frank Sandoval, had been touching the woman inappropriately over the course of a few yr. Sandoval was charged Thursday with second-degree youngster molestation, a felony.
Across the finish of 2020, the defendant reportedly requested the woman’s mom if her daughter might assist out on the brewery, in keeping with costs filed in Snohomish County Superior Courtroom. The woman was beneath 12 on the time. She would work with Sandoval, now 48, and his son.
When the son would go away, she could be alone with the brewery proprietor. He would ask her to sit down on his knee or kiss his cheek for photos whereas they have been alone, prosecutors alleged. He advised her “come right here” and pulled her by the waist to take the picture, in keeping with the costs.
The touching continued each time they have been alone, courtroom papers say. Sandoval would have her sit on his knee, ask about her day and put his hand up her shirt. The woman later mentioned she was “tremendous uncomfortable.” She would attempt to lean away.
Sandoval advised her she didn’t have to sit down on his lap if she didn’t wish to. However he would additionally pull her with out asking, in keeping with courtroom paperwork.
“Due to this, the sufferer felt as if she couldn’t say or do something to make it cease,” deputy prosecutor Bob Langbehn wrote within the costs.
He’s additionally accused of touching her breast and pulling on her garments so he might see her underwear. Throughout a fancy dress celebration, he advised the woman she was “far more enticing” than the grown ladies there, in keeping with the charging papers.
In texts with the woman’s mom, Sandoval would ask for photos of the preteen woman. On one event, he requested for a zoomed in image of the woman in a showering swimsuit. He claimed he simply needed to see what sort of swimsuit it was.
In October 2021, the woman advised her mother she didn’t wish to be alone with Sandoval. Crying and shaking, she advised her mother what had been taking place, in keeping with courtroom papers.
After the mother’s husband got here house, the 2 confronted Sandoval in individual. He gave the impression to be in shock and turned white, the costs say. Sandoval apologized and mentioned he didn’t know what he was pondering. He advised them he’d query himself when she would go away, however do it once more when she got here again.
In a voluntary police interview shortly after, Sandoval reported the woman had labored on the Snohomish brewery dozens of occasions in 2020 and 2021. He advised a detective he had her sit on his lap as a result of he was laborious of listening to, in keeping with the costs. He conceded that was inappropriate. However Sandoval denied touching her in a sexual approach, whereas noting he’d by no means recognized the woman to make up tales.
Sandoval reportedly advised police he felt horrible for hurting the woman.
Prosecutors didn’t object to Sandoval remaining out of custody. Prosecutors requested a decide to order the defendant haven’t any contact with the woman or her household. An arraignment date hadn’t been set as of Friday.
No protection legal professional was listed within the case file. He has no prior felony historical past, in keeping with courtroom data.
A Herald reporter’s telephone name to Sandoval’s enterprise went unanswered Friday.
In case you are involved in regards to the security of a kid, you may contact Dawson Place Youngster Advocacy Middle at 425-789-3000, or name state Youngster Protecting Companies on the statewide Finish Hurt line (866-363-4276). The Windfall Intervention Middle for Assault and Abuse additionally operates a 24-hour disaster line: 425-252-4800.