Federal Way man pleads not guilty to second-degree child rape

Leonel Guzman-Jacobo, the 20-year-old boyfriend of a Federal Way teen mother charged with killing her newborn, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree child rape April 27. Guzman-Jacobo is in custody at the Kent Regional Justice Center with a hearing slated for May 14.

Guzman-Jacobo was not involved in the infant's death. He was arrested April 10 and charged April 14 for allegedly committing second-degree child rape, also referred to as statutory rape, stemming from the fact that the mother was under the age of consent when she became impregnated, police reports said. Guzman-Jacobo is being held on $100,000 bail, due to the fact that he is a Mexican national and the court feared he may flee. The teen girl and Guzman-Jacobo both admitted to engaging in consensual sexual intercourse several times during their relationship, according to court documents.

The young mother, now age 14, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges and is still in custody. The young mother allegedly suffocated the infant hours after its birth April 9.

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