Court report

The following are criminal cases heard Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court:

CHILD SEX OFFENSES

• An 18-year-old Kennewick man was sentenced to two years, seven months in prison after previously pleading guilty to one count of indecent liberties without forcible compulsion for acts committed against a girl while she slept.

Joseph Greenough pleaded guilty to the charge May 23.

According to court documents, Greenough was visiting family in Mount Vernon in November 2018 when the incident occurred.

When the victim woke, Greenough told her he had been going to do "something horrible." He left her shortly afterward.

Scared, the girl climbed out her bedroom window and hid on the roof until Mount Vernon police officers arrived. 

The victim told Judge David Svaren in court she is still scared to sleep in her room.

Upon completion of his sentence, Greenough will serve three years of community custody and be required to register as a sex offender.

• A 49-year-old Concrete man was sentenced to three years in prison after previously pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree child molestation. 

James Melzark Jr. pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching a girl since she was in the fourth or fifth grade, court records show.

Through the prosecutor, the victim told Judge David Svaren that her family has been torn apart by the incidents, and that she wants Melzark to accept responsibility.

Upon completion of his sentence, Melzark will serve three years of community custody and be required to register as a sex offender.

• A Burlington man who was sentenced to more than nine years in prison after being convicted of multiple sex and drug-related charges dating back to 2012 has had his case returned to Skagit County.

In 2015, a jury convicted Marc Daniel McKee, 47, of three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, one count of the same crime in the second degree, one count of commercial sex abuse of a minor, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of violating a no-contact order.

He had been arrested in November 2012 after reports he had sex with a teenage girl and had sexually explicit photos of her on his cellphone, court documents state.

Prosecutors also accused McKee of providing methamphetamine and heroin to more than one teenage girl in exchange for sex.

In 2017, however, the state Court of Appeals dismissed the four counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, saying police had used an "overbroad" search warrant to obtain the cellphone photos and videos, court records show.

The state Supreme Court later ruled that dismissal of the charges was not the proper remedy and that the appeals court should have sent the case back to Skagit County Superior Court, documents state.

McKee now again faces either re-trial on those four charges or re-sentencing on the remaining charges.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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