(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.)
David S. Pacasum, 18, of Orcas Island, was charged with three counts of rape of a child in the first degree and one count of child molestation in the first degree in the San Juan County Superior Court on Nov. 19.
Pacasum’s arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Dec. 2. He first appeared in court on Nov. 19, wherein a protection order was filed and he was ordered to live at his grandmother’s house on Orcas.
Pacasum, who turned 18 in September, was also ordered to 24/7 home detention with a GPS monitor unless pre-approved for education, mental or dental appointments and he is not to have contact with anyone, male or female, under the age of 16.
According to the probable cause statement, an Orcas deputy took a report on Nov. 18 that Pacasum reportedly had sexually assaulted a female child on several occasions, the most recent being Nov. 17. After initially denying the claims, the probable cause statement said that Pacasum allegedly admitted to the crimes.
The first assault occurred in June 2019, according to court documents. Pacasum allegedly touched the victim’s genitals. The child reportedly told police that Pacasum only stopped when she pinched him.
Pacasum has admitted to four of the alleged incidents. The probable cause statement stated that he allegedly admitted to touching the victim in the way she told deputies. Pacasum said it once occurred in exchange for playing a board game.
According to the probable cause statement, the victim explained that in August 2019, Pacasum allegedly raped her in a tent and only ceased his actions when someone else approached. That same month, Pacasum reportedly raped her once again in a tent, court documents said, and then during another time in August.
The final incident reportedly occurred on Nov. 17. According to the probable cause statement, Pacasum allegedly told the victim that he would tell her parents that she had damaged their property if she did not allow him to touch her. Pacasum then reportedly raped the victim. According to the probable cause statement, Pacasum allegedly admitted to this incident as well and explained that he had threatened the victim until she let him touch her.
If you or someone you know is being sexually abused, there is help available.
Locally, SAFE San Juans has 24/7 phone lines available to call on San Juan at 360-378-2345; Orcas at 360-376-1234; or Lopez at 360-468-4567. For more information, visit https://safesj.org/.
Nationally, you can call the RAINN hotline, which is open 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. For more information, visit https://www.rainn.org/.
To make a police report, call the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 360-378-4151.