Federal Way man accused of raping disabled teen

SEATTLE -- Police say relentless detective work helped them nab a man accused of raping a developmentally disabled teenager who had run away from a group home.

On Friday, a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy spotted a 14-year-old girl walking with a grown man along Aurora Avenue in North Seattle. The deputy stopped to ask the pair a few questions, and soon learned the girl had been reported missing earlier in the week.

The girl told police she met the man, a 20-year-old from Federal Way, at an apartment on Capitol Hill.

She said he twice put a gag in her moth, held her down and raped her.

Deputies arrested the man and booked him into King County Jail on suspicion of child rape.

Police later reunited the girl with her worried mother, Keri Kahler. Kahler said her daughter has the mind of an 8- or 9-year-old child, which makes her very vulnerable.

"She can't take care of herself by herself," she said.

Kahler said the girl is kind, sweet and lovable, but she can be too trusting of strangers.

"She doesn't see the bad," she said. "You have a puppy in the car, okay, let me take a look."