Well-known Seattle bartender charged with raping 13-year-old
SEATTLE -- Matthew Cannelora had known his victim and her family for years, even regularly attending her birthday parties. That ended a month before the victim's 14th birthday, when the 28-year-old bartender allegedly got her drunk and had sex with her in her parent's Rainier Beach house.
Cannelora, who has worked at popular Capitol Hill restaurants Quinn's Pub and La Bete and been interviewed for the Seattle Beer Blog and Seattle Met (which called him "the Johnny Cash of bartending") was babysitting the victim and her younger sister while their parents were in Mexico for a wedding in early December, according to charging documents filed last month.
According to the documents, Cannelora and the victim were watching a Netflix movie together around 10 p.m. Dec. 8 while the victim's sister and Cannelora's sister, who was babysitting with him, were sleeping upstairs.
The victim later told police Cannelora was drinking from a bottle of bourbon during the movie. When he set it down on the table, she said she picked it up and started chugging.
According to the documents, Cannelora took the bottle away from her, telling her to go easy and not drink all his bourbon.
The victim told police Cannelora then initiated sexual activity, which lasted until 6 a.m. the next day. According to the documents, the victim was complicit in the activity and was the first to suggest intercourse.
The incident came to light when the victim later sought out an STD screening.
During an interview with police, Cannelora admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the victim, according to the charging documents. He said he stopped once he sobered up and realized what he was doing.
Furthermore, he told police he has long felt inappropriate sexual feelings and desires for underage girls but has never acted on them, according to the documents.
Cannelora was arrested and charged with rape of a child.
He was previously investigated for rape in 2012 but never charged.