On 03/25/18 a Deputy on routine patrol was flagged down by a citizen who wanted to report a child sex abuse incident.
After taking an initial statement, the case was turned over to detectives. Further investigation revealed that 18 year old Elijah D. Rieve of East Wenatchee, a level 2 sex offender, had been in contact with four juvenile males, ages 11, 12, and 13. Over the course of approximately three days he committed six counts of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, one count of Unlawful Imprisonment, one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, one count of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count of Indecent Exposure.
Detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and gathered evidence which substantiated allegations made by the victims.
Investigators acted quickly identifying victims and arresting the suspect. He is being held without bail at the Okanogan County Jail. Additional charges are pending.