Kelsey O’Day pleads guilty to child rape

Staff report

Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child in the third degree at her omnibus hearing on July 6 at San Juan County Superior Court. O’Day was represented by Craig Platt, a Seattle-based criminal attorney. Her sentencing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 14. In Washington, child rape in the third degree is defined as when the person has sexual intercourse with another who is at least 14 years old but less than 16 years old and not married to the perpetrator and the perpetrator is at least 48 months older than the victim.

O’Day originally pleaded not guilty to the child rape charge, which involved a teenage boy, at her arraignment on Dec. 14, 2017. O’Day was originally charged in 2017 with three counts of child rape on Nov. 16.

She will face sentencing for one count of child rape in the third degree, which is a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of five years and up to $20,000 in fines.

The parents of the minor in this case reported the crime to law enforcement on Nov. 3, 2017. The alleged sexual encounters occurred on Oct. 23, 29 and 30 of 2017 when the minor’s father was out of town. O’Day knows the father and son.

Shortly after being charged on Nov. 16, 2017, O’Day went to Mexico, even though there was a warrant issued for her arrest. No additional charges were filed against her for leaving the country.