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85-year-old arrested for child rape and molestation; Detectives searching for possible victims dating back 60 years

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85-year-old Marvin E. Petersen 85-year-old Marvin E. Petersen
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Sexual Assault Unit have arrested an 85-year-old man on child rape and molestation charges and believe there are potentially more unidentified young victims. 

Last week, detectives arrested Marvin Petersen after a months long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse that happened over the last two years of a now 12-year-old female victim. 

While investigating Petersen, detectives learned of past unreported or uncharged sexual abuse by Petersen stemming back to the mid to late 1950's. Some of the known sexual assault behavior was reported to law enforcement in Eugene, Oregon but due to the incidents occurring in the 1950’s, charges could not be filed since the statute of limitations had expired.

Detectives say the female victims of this abuse range from approximately 9 to 14 years of age. The victims are family or former family members and/or children living with or in the area of Petersen.  Petersen’s current address is located in the 13900 block of East 6th Avenue in Spokane Valley. 

Detectives say Petersen has no known criminal conviction history, but believe due to his reported history of sexual abuse over the past 60 years, there are more victims who have not been identified. 

Petersen’s photo is being released to assist detectives as they work to identify any possible victims or witnesses who have not yet come forward.

Investigators urge anyone who believes they have been victimized by Marvin E. Petersen, or has any information regarding potential suspicious or criminal activity of Marvin E. Petersen, to call Sexual Assault Unit Detective Brandon Armstrong at 509-477-6610.

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