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Saturday, January 26, 2008

[WA] Maureen Wear, ex-girlfriend of ex-officer, sentenced

...the molested boy spoke about how his life has been ruined by what's happened to him. "I also want to talk about the life sentence, the life sentence that I have. They'll get a certain number of years. I will get a lifetime of trials and tribulations," the victim told the judge...

(The crimes took place while Tacoma Police Officer Lee Giles was representing his department in the schools and news.)

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Child-sex case sends girlfriend to prison
Lawyer says woman ‘also is … a victim’

SEAN ROBINSON
Published: January 26th, 2008
[Excerpts] Maureen Elizabeth Wear, who once worked to tamp down crime in Tacoma neighborhoods, was sentenced Friday to 19 years, eight months in prison for child rape and child molestation. The victims were relatives of Wear and her longtime boyfriend, Lee William Giles Jr., a retired Tacoma police officer. The boy and two girls were abused from 1995 to 2006... The court file of Wear’s case includes letters from people who praised her work with Safe Streets, a nonprofit agency that helps neighbors fight crime. Some of the letters from relatives and friends said Wear, 47, committed her crimes in part because Giles manipulated her and she was too devoted to refuse... “Ms. Wear is also indeed a victim,” said her attorney, Brett Purtzer. “Unfortunately, she was also engaged in the wrongful conduct.” He was arguing for a lower sentence, but he knew the effort was fruitless. Purtzer was fighting against his own agreement. Terms of the sentence were part of the plea bargain Wear accepted months earlier. “Can you give me a reason?” [Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan] Chushcoff asked. Purtzer shrugged. “Your honor, I can’t answer your question,” he said. Chushcoff turned to Wear and asked if she wanted to say anything before he pronounced the sentence. Wear didn’t. “I would, but I don’t think I can,” she said, then referred to the television crews and cameras whirring behind her. “Cameras and newspapers, exposing my family to more grief.” Chushcoff gave Wear a quick look. “It is a public courtroom,” he said. “They have a right to be here.”... Maybe it was true that Wear was “under some sort of spell” cast by Giles, Chushcoff said. The judge had seen Giles in earlier hearings. “He is an extremely charming person,” Chushcoff said – but he added that Wear should have resisted. The crimes were awful, the suffering of the victims profound, and Wear knew it... “Ms. Wear did bring this on herself by not saying no and not taking personal responsibility. She was the adult here. She had the power to say no to Mr. Giles. It may have been difficult, but we expect it”...

Giles' accomplice gets 20 years for child rape
KOMO
By Keith Eldridge
Jan 25, 2008
[Excerpts] ...During [ex-Tacoma Police Officer Lee] Giles' sentencing three weeks ago, the molested boy spoke about how his life has been ruined by what's happened to him. "I also want to talk about the life sentence, the life sentence that I have. They'll get a certain number of years. I will get a lifetime of trials and tribulations," the victim told the judge... Wear's family said they believe Giles enticed her into this activity. While they support her, they said they cannot condone what she's done.

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