American found guilty of raping Pinay in US 41 times
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — A Jefferson County jury has found a Brinnon man guilty of 41 counts of rape and assault against the Filipino woman he brought to his home with the promise of marriage.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that 49-year-old Patrick John McAllister was arrested on Aug. 5, 2012 and had been free on a $100,000 bond since that time.
His conviction was handed down on Aug. 10 by a five-woman, six-man jury after five hours of deliberation that began the day before.
The trial opened last Monday at Jefferson County Superior Court.
“I’m very pleased about the verdict,” said Prosecuting Attorney Scott Rosekrans.
“Obviously, the jury didn’t find the defendant’s story credible, and they reached a decision in less time than in many other similar cases.”
Rosekrans said the standard sentence range for these counts was 210 to 280 months behind bars, but McAllister’s sentence could be more severe because of the jury’s ruling that he showed “deliberate cruelty” in all of the counts.
Court documents say that McAllister was introduced to the Filipina when she was 22 by her brother-in-law, who lives in Jefferson County.
He began a long-distance relationship with her, phoning her for several months and eventually visiting her in the Philippines on March 15-28, 2008.
Upon his return to the U.S., McAllister told her that “he would give her a good life, be a good husband and he loved her and wanted her to be his wife.”
The Filipina arrived in Seattle on March 14, 2010, and was brought to McAllister’s home on Seamount Drive in Brinnon, Wash., where she was locked up and abused almost daily, often multiple times a day — between March 18, 2010, four days after the Filipina arrived in America, and April 26, when she was able to escape his house and sought police.
It took 15 months to file charges because the woman spoke a Filipino dialect for which no certified translator was available, court documents say.
The woman, who became fluent in English in the time leading up to the trial, testified for two hours last Tuesday afternoon, according to the Peninsula Daily News report written by Charlie Bermant.
Jury foreman Rick Hansen said her testimony was convincing and was the major factor in the jury’s verdict.
“She was completely credible and the defense witnesses were pretty lame,” Hansen said.
“There wasn’t a lot of physical evidence, so we had to rely on what people said but she was convincing.”
The Filipina was not present when the verdict was read but came in shortly afterward, crying and embracing family members and victim assistance personnel who were in the courtroom.
McAllister and members of his family and friends also were crying after the verdict was read.
McAllister was led away in chains.
The Filipina, who has lived in the Port Townsend area during the trial preparation time, told the Peninsula Daily News that she had no future plans but said she intended “to relax for a while.”
McAllister’s attorney, Lance Hester, says they will appeal. - Filipino Reporter
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