Former Kenmore resident charged with child rape of daughter

Suspect faces two first-degree counts.

Eric Juhl was arrested March 1 for alleged sex crimes that took place in Kenmore during 2011 and 2012, against his biological daughter, who was about 9 years old at the time.

The family of five lived in the city between August 2009 and October 2012, court documents state. The victim’s parents, now divorced, reside in Kansas. And the defendant’s last known address was in Miltonvale, Kansas, but he was arrested in Kenmore.

He is being held at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle.

The child confided with her mother in 2017 that while they lived in Kenmore, her father raped her after slamming her head into their bathroom wall. The mother recounted to detectives that she remembered returning home from work and finding her daughter on the ground, in a towel, but was given no explanation.

The survivor also shared with her mother that Juhl, 37, would enter the bathroom while she was bathing and “tell her that he was going to help,” the court papers state. He would touch her, the victim said.

When the victim spoke directly with detectives, she said the anger and abuse began when she was about 8 years old. Her parents would argue a lot, she said, and her father was at home during the day, due to a disability.

“She said that the frequency of abuse seemed to depend on how much her parents were fighting. If they weren’t getting along and being sexual, then the frequency would increase,” the probable cause report states.

When a detective with the King County Sheriff’s Office contacted Juhl, he denied the allegations, and wrote a six-page statement explaining the family dynamics and behavior issues he claims his daughter has. In the letter he writes “I vehemently deny this accusation of raping my daughter. I never touched (them) inappropriately. I never had sex with her. I never had her touch me. These are all lies against me to try to send me to prison.”

The defendant made note of a 2014 child pornography charge against him, in which he was given a psychological review — to help determine if he was suitable for community-based sex offender treatment. In the evaluation, he was asked if he had sexual contact with a minor. According to court documents, it showed he did not appear to be lying when he answered no.

Juhl also admitted to having 6,000 pornographic images of children, that his frequency of looking at pornography depended on whether him and his wife were being intimate and between 2008 and 2012, while recovering from back surgery, there was an increase in his child pornography viewing.

Juhl’s bail was set at $350,000.


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