In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, the rape survivor contends Department of Corrections officials should have done a better job watching John A. Carter, then a nine-time felon released from prison three months before he raped again.
Carter, 54, was sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this year for his 2010 crimes. Due to the convictions, state authorities can detain Carter until he is deemed fit for release after he completes his prison term.
At issue in the lawsuit, though, are allegations that state Department of Corrections staff failed to supervise Carter following his release three months before the rape and kidnapping.
Having previously served time for a separate rape-kidnapping in the early 1980s, Carter was most recently released from state prison in the spring of 2010. He had been serving more than two years for holding a woman at knifepoint during an unprovoked assault at the Westfield Southcenter mall in Tukwila.
Released after serving his sentence in that assault, Carter was to be supervised by a state community corrections officer for at least nine months.
While on supervision, Carter attacked the woman after she gave him a ride. Carter did not have a romantic relationship with the woman he attacked; they met through a support group.
Carter attacked the woman after they arrived at the Covington home, beating and choking her until he bound her hands and feet. During the attack, Carter claimed to have killed five other women and threatened to kill her too if she didn't cooperate.
According to court papers, Carter repeatedly raped the bound woman over several hours. He then forced her into a car and drove her, bound and covered in his clothes, around King County. She was finally able to get help after Carter stopped at a Renton convenience store.
Speaking with KOMO News following her rape and abduction, the woman compared Carter to a serial killer.
"He is cruel, evil," she said in 2010. "I think he's a psychopath. I equate him to, like, Ted Bundy."
Carter managed to evade police for more than two weeks. He was finally arrested Aug. 11, 2010, in Florence, Ore. He was ultimately convicted of rape and kidnapping following a jury trial and sentenced to an exceptionally long prison term by King County Superior Court Judge Mariane Spearman; Carter is currently housed at the Airway Heights Corrections Center outside Spokane.
In a lawsuit filed Friday, attorneys for the woman contend Department of Corrections staff failed to act when Carter began using heroin and alcohol following his release from prison.
The department "knew or should have known that Mr. Carter was a dangerous offender," attorney Mark Leemon said in the lawsuit. Corrections officers, he continued, "breached their duties to take reasonable precautions to protect those who might foreseeably be endangered by Carter's dangerous propensity."
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit, which has been filed in King County Superior Court. Attorneys for the state have not yet responded to the lawsuit.