A 45-year-old Malone man pleaded not guilty to a first degree count of rape of a child Monday afternoon for inappropriately touching a four-and-a-half-year-old girl.
Superior Court Judge David Edwards set bail for John Michael Weiller at $100,000.
The incidents allegedly started on June 1, 2012, when the girl was two years old, and continued until January, when the little girl told her mother what had been happening.
Charging documents filed by Interim Chief Criminal Deputy Katie Svoboda state that the little girl was hurting when she went to the bathroom and told her mother that Weiller had allegedly put his hands down her pants.
The mother told detectives that she was engaged in a conversation with her daughter “about correct touching and who can and cannot touch her private areas.”
The little girl “began crying during this discussion” and admitted that Weiller had “touched my privates one day at the house with the orange carpet,” according to charging documents Weiller had lived in a house in Aberdeen with orange carpets.
Weiller allegedly touched the girl when she was in bed trying to sleep and at least one additional time, the charging documents state.
Weiller allegedly admitted to detectives what had happened during an interview on Feb. 26, where he said he “had a lapse of judgment” when he saw the girl naked while they were in the same room.
In his application to the judge for pre-trial release, Weiller says he’s not been arrested before and lived in North Dakota prior to moving to the area.
“What I did was a mistake,” he wrote. “I want to take whatever classes I need to help me. I will never do this again. I am ashamed of what I did.”
Weiller says in his paperwork he is not currently employed.
If Weiller makes bail, he was ordered by the judge not to leave Grays Harbor County, not to possess or drink alcohol, and not to approach or communicate with anyone under 18 years of age.