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Anti-sex trafficking non-profit founder charged with child rape

February 16, 2014

The co-founder of a Seattle-based anti-sex trafficking organization has been charged for alleged child rape, authorities said.

Dhan Pun, 41, has been charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree child rape and one count of third-degree child rape in Washington'sKing County, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported.

The suspect was charged with two counts of third-degree child rape and third-degree child molestation last year in Snohomish County. He fled to Nepal after those charges were filed.

Pun is accused of regularly sexually assaulting a teenage relative when he lived in Seattle from 2010 to 2012. The girl was 13 to 15 years old at the time of the abuse.

He also allegedly befriended the victim in 2009 via a fake Facebook profile in which he posed as a teenage boy. Using the fake account, Pun began a romantic relationship with the girl, and encouraged her to have sex with the man she told him was raping her.

Pun co-founded the non-profit Women's Prevention and Protection Center Nepal Foundation, which is aimed at supporting women and girl sex trafficking victims in Nepal who have been rescued or returned from trafficking.

Court documents show Pun was set to sign a joint plea agreement with Snohomish and King counties that would have included jail time, but he fled to Nepal in November. As a result, King County filed separate charges against Pun.

King County prosecutors asked for $500,000 bail. If Pun returns to the United States, he will face charges in both Snohomish and King counties.

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