Known to North Seattle prostitutes as the "Mayor of Aurora," Laughn Elliott Doescher offered up his RV as a safe place for streetwalking women to detox. But prosecutors claim Doescher raped the women as they were comatose in his motorhome.
Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom said Doescher held himself out as a "guardian and helper" to drug addicted women working the North Seattle highway.
"The defendant represented himself to be someone who helps prostitutes on the street who need a safe place to stay and a chance to get clean and sober," Carlstrom said in charging papers. "Instead, police have learned that he had sexual contact with several women while they were asleep and filmed the sex without their knowledge."
Seattle police launched as investigation in May after a 35-year-old woman stopped officers and reported she'd been raped by Doescher, whom she knew as Elliott.
Speaking with police, the woman explained Doescher allows women in drug withdrawal to sleep in his motorhome, which is usually parked near the intersection of North 137th Street and Aurora Avenue North.
The woman said she'd already been raped by a "john" the night Doescher sexually assaulted her, a Seattle sex crimes detective said in charging papers. Doescher stopped and picked her up, offering to let her rest in his motorhome, where she'd been staying off and on for a month.
The woman went to sleep only to wake to find Doescher naked and sexually assaulting her, the detective continued. She attempted to fight him off, according to charging papers, but passed out again.
She told police she believed Doescher drugged her food, though she acknowledged she'd also been using heroin that night. She said she drifted in and out of consciousness throughout the night.
According to charging papers, the woman told police Doescher showed her naked pictures of herself he'd taken while she was incapacitated.
Contacted four days later, Doescher denied raping the woman while explaining that he frequently has consensual sex with prostitutes working near his motorhome, the detective said in charging papers.
"Doescher portrays himself as a friend and resource to homeless, drug-addicted women in the Aurora corridor," the detective told the court. "He has offered his motor home as a 'safe house' for them to sleep.
"He reported that he eventually has sex with most of the women he knows, as they want to have sex with him. Many of these women are prostitutes, but he doesn't pay them."
Detectives seized Doescher's phone and later found five videos showing Doescher sexually assaulting three different unconscious women, the detective continued. The detective noted Doescher's rings can be seen in the voyeuristic videos.
Writing the court, the detective noted one of Doescher's victims appeared to be a "young girl." She has not yet been identified by law enforcement, a necessary step to bring child pornography charges against Doescher.
In court papers, Carlstorm said the investigation into Doescher's activities continues and that additional charges may be brought. As yet, he has been charged in only one assault, though a second woman identified by police told detectives Doescher sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping at his motorhome after being awake for three days straight.
Doescher was arrested on June 13 and has since been charged with second-degree rape, indecent liberties and voyeurism. He remains jailed on $1 million bail.