Friday Harbor man accused of child molestation

Fabian Carrillo-Garcia, 38, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with child molestation in the first degree in San Juan County Superior Court.

On Dec. 18, Carrillo-Garcia’s defense attorney Mark Kaiman filed a notice of disqualification against San Juan County Judge Kathryn Loring. No reason was given. Under RCW 4.12.050, such notice may be filed by any party, for no more than one judge in any matter, if no discretionary ruling has happened.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Cindy Larsen has been assigned to the case. Hearings will still take place in San Juan County with the judge appearing electronically.

“Anything substantive like motions or a trial will require the judge to come here in person,” explained Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Barnett.

Carrillo-Garcia’s arraignment was held on Dec. 28 and he pleaded not guilty. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6.

Carrillo-Garcia is accused of sexually assaulting a minor in late November 2022. On Dec. 13, detectives visited the suspect at his home in Friday Harbor. He declined to make a statement. He was arrested and booked into jail.

Carrillo-Garcia’s criminal history in Douglas County includes unlawful possession of a firearm, having a dangerous weapon on a school campus, driving under the influence, two counts of driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock.

In Chelan County, he was convicted of being a minor operating a vehicle while under the influence and in San Juan County, malicious mischief in the third degree.