Wenatchee man sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for child rape

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On Aug. 8, Chelan County Superior Court Judge Robert Jourdan sentenced a Wenatchee man to 23 years and three months in prison for the rape of a child.

In June, David Reverte, 26, pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child in the first degree and four counts of incest in the first degree. Reverte, who has been held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center since being arrested in March, accepted a plea bargain from the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in exchange for the guilty plea.

Washington’s Sentencing Reform Act establishes the sentence ranges for the offenses as 240 to 316 months for first-degree rape of a child. The sentence includes lifetime supervision in the community, sex offender registration and a lifetime no-contact order with the child, who had a pre-existing relationship with Reverte.

“A plea bargain was offered to not only hold Reverte accountable but to also protect the child from the added trauma of taking the stand as a witness,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Julia Hartnell, Special Assault Lead for the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. “Having to face an abuser in open court can be just as traumatizing as the abuse for a victim, particularly a child. When we have the opportunity to hold an offender accountable at a high level while avoiding re-victimizing people, especially children, we take that opportunity.”

Hartnell thanks the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in particular Detective Sgt. Brian Lewis and Detective Ernie Senseney, for their role in reaching a conviction. The detectives’ investigation secured a confession, enabling this offender to be held accountable for all of his crimes while preventing the child from having to testify.

Hartnell emphasized that while her job is to seek justice for the State of Washington, protecting victims and promoting their ability to heal is an important part of that justice.

“In sexual abuse cases, survivors find justice in different ways, including in having someone believe and support them in their recovery,” Hartnell said. “In this case, the key concern was preventing the child from having to relive the abuse in a public forum while making sure that the offender was held accountable and the community protected.”

Last Updated: 08/08/2022 12:59 PM

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