Local business owner charged with Chi...

Local business owner charged with Child Rape

There are 13 comments on the The Lake Stevens Journal Online story from Apr 1, 2008, titled Local business owner charged with Child Rape. In it, The Lake Stevens Journal Online reports that:

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Been There

United States

#1 Apr 7, 2008
While I can relate to both sides of this story, this is the kind of thing that happens when the parents don't heed the warnings they have been given about their parents. Perhaps Rick feels a bit guilty for NOT heeding the warning and allowing his daughter to be in this position to begin with!?!
Been There to

Stevenson, WA

#2 Apr 7, 2008
Why would a father even go to the papers and give them this kind of info, Who is it going to hurt ? only his Daughter ,I'm sure all of her friends parents read the news paper,and now no who the victim is, so much for keeping her identity unknown. How is this protecting her.
I can't believe someone who was warned about this man allowed her to go there,and i quote " his sister, the father of another victim '
Rick should be prosecuted as well for not protecting his child.
I got the same warning years ago about someone and my children never went around him, thats what you are purpose to do .
evergreen

Stevenson, WA

#3 Apr 8, 2008
Evergreen Sanitation is not owned by Les Eldredge
sounds like this reporter needs to check his info before reporting wrong facts ,and opening this news article up for law suite .
Been there a long time

Bothell, WA

#4 Apr 8, 2008
Yes, it is true that people close to the Eldredge family knew the risks of Les being around young girls. Since I was a young child, all the adults used to refer to Les as "Lester the Molestor" and would warn me to stay away from him.

I would like to think Rick believed the accusations against his Dad to be lies. Maybe Rick believed his father would never hurt his daughter, or maybe Rick took the easy way out and allowed someone, regardless of their past, raise his daughter for him.

Regardless of what Rick was thinking, it is clear that he made the right choice to stop the abuse for his daughter & any other young girl who may have ended up in the care of Les. It is also painfully clear that Rick has no regard for the rest of his family who have been effected by all of this as well.

Rick and his daughter haven't been the only victims here. As tragic as the whole situation is for them, Rick needs to remember the others that have been hurt through out this ordeal as well and not purposefully make it worse for them.

Personally, I feel justice was served. But, it's time to let it go and quit punishing the innocent by-standers who have been hurt by all of this as well.
ace acme

Bothell, WA

#5 Apr 12, 2008
What a bunch of scumb bags... I remember how les stole his business to begin with.. i know what alittle shit his kid dave is,,, and the whole family is sick... the business will be in ashes soon
ace acme

Bothell, WA

#6 Apr 12, 2008
evergreen wrote:
Evergreen Sanitation is not owned by Les Eldredge
sounds like this reporter needs to check his info before reporting wrong facts ,and opening this news article up for law suite .
you know les owns everything there,, and dave is his puppet,,, and keeping his mouth shut about his rapist father,, is just his job at Evergreen
Born-n-raised in LS

Bothell, WA

#7 Apr 15, 2008
ace acme wrote:
<quoted text>you know les owns everything there,, and dave is his puppet,,, and keeping his mouth shut about his rapist father,, is just his job at Evergreen
Wow... Is this REALLY Ace Acme commenting on this "touchy" subject? I would've thought from a business stand point you'd want to keep your OWN business on neutral ground and simply comment from your personal view.
Either Ace Acme is throwing their neck out on the line to possibly offend their own customer's, or someone is falsely representing themself AS Ace Acme & should be reported.
Either way... BAD BAD BAD Business for Ace Acme! You really should have kept your business out of a PERSONAL matter!
X-Ace Acme Customer

Bothell, WA

#8 Apr 15, 2008
ace acme wrote:
What a bunch of scumb bags... I remember how les stole his business to begin with.. i know what alittle shit his kid dave is,,, and the whole family is sick... the business will be in ashes soon
Ace Acme? Wow, bad business to be putting your name on such a "touchy" subject... If this is an attempt to make your business look better than evergreen, you failed miserably. You simply look foolish for commenting in such an unprofessional manner.
Scum

Puyallup, WA

#9 Sep 25, 2008
Whoa, I guess Les is the one getting molested now!!! I hope you enjoy prison you friggin' scum-bag!!!
Friend in Lake Stevens

Bothell, WA

#10 Oct 4, 2008
Been There to wrote:
Why would a father even go to the papers and give them this kind of info, Who is it going to hurt ? only his Daughter ,I'm sure all of her friends parents read the news paper,and now no who the victim is, so much for keeping her identity unknown. How is this protecting her.
I can't believe someone who was warned about this man allowed her to go there,and i quote " his sister, the father of another victim '
Rick should be prosecuted as well for not protecting his child.
I got the same warning years ago about someone and my children never went around him, thats what you are purpose to do .
WHY? I’ll tell you why. He wanted the story being reported by anyone else. He didn’t want any misinformation. It wanted the truth to come out…. straight from his mouth what happened. I am so proud of Rick. I have known him for years and he truly is showing who he is. He may have the same last name, but he is nothing like his father. I’ve also known Dave for years and I was astonished that he took his fathers side. But I know now why he did… 19 million reasons actually. Who is looking after the place while Les is in jail? David. Who has Les’s prized car? Hmmm that would be Dave again. Who started firing people at Evergreen Sanitation when they said anything about Les? Yes, right again. It’s David. One thing that was not told in the story was that David and Rick both went to the police to turn in Les. Yes, Les has a sickness! Is that David’s fault? NO heck NO. What is disheartening is the fact that at the trial, David who grew up along side Rick, thru thick and thin… many times themselves being abused by Les.. The fact that he is forgetting all of that, why??? For money and to take care of Kathy? Hmm sounds like you sold your sole to the devil. David and Rick can start again, and make a wonderful business that is their own, that they can be proud of. What David needs to do is look to the future. Les’s raft is sinking and you will go down with it, and you are better than that. Both you boys are. You are blood brothers, who should be sticking together. You guys made a great decision that one night when you decided to let the law handle this. Years ago, I know you boys would have taken matters into your own hands. Les is where he needs to be…. Everyone knows that. This whole family is a victim. A victim of Les’s greed and selfishness, but maybe that’s how he got so much money in the first place. Don’t place this blame on Rick or his daughter at all. Put the blame where it back to Les and only Les! Does Rick feel guilty; of course he does, as would any parent. The mom was not in the picture. Rick was raising a small child on his own, while running a successful business. Les and Kathy helped raise her from a very small baby and loved her as grandparents do. Somewhere along the line, Les changed from Grandpa who always protected her to molesting and raping her. Kathy herself did not have any knowledge that he was doing this and she was in the house when this was occurring! Rick feels guilty that he never saw any signs. Had he… he would have stopped it on day ONE! Do not blame Rick… I'm so proud Rick that you let the law work. If you would have killed him, like we all know you wanted to... she would have not only been through the worst thing in her life, but she would have been without you her father to help her thru this! With your help,support, love and LOTS of therapy she WILL get thru this!
living in Lake Stevens

Bothell, WA

#11 Oct 4, 2008
Been there a long time wrote:
Yes, it is true that people close to the Eldredge family knew the risks of Les being around young girls. Since I was a young child, all the adults used to refer to Les as "Lester the Molestor" and would warn me to stay away from him.
I would like to think Rick believed the accusations against his Dad to be lies. Maybe Rick believed his father would never hurt his daughter, or maybe Rick took the easy way out and allowed someone, regardless of their past, raise his daughter for him.
Regardless of what Rick was thinking, it is clear that he made the right choice to stop the abuse for his daughter & any other young girl who may have ended up in the care of Les. It is also painfully clear that Rick has no regard for the rest of his family who have been effected by all of this as well.
Rick and his daughter haven't been the only victims here. As tragic as the whole situation is for them, Rick needs to remember the others that have been hurt through out this ordeal as well and not purposefully make it worse for them.
Personally, I feel justice was served. But, it's time to let it go and quit punishing the innocent by-standers who have been hurt by all of this as well.
Rick can never be known to take the easy way out! Rick is a hard worker and a good man, trying to make a living and balance family all at the same time. Les has had a sorted past and will never be known as an angle, I knew he would never be getting father of the year award, but as far as being a pedophile, I never knew. He was never convicted of any molestation until now.(I am NOT by any means defending him.) In our country we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I met him on at least 5 different occasions. I thought I was one of those people that “could spot a creep,” boy was I fooled! However, my daughter years later told me that he always gave her the creeps and she kept her distance from him for that exact reason. Hmmm out of the mouth of babes. To top it off, she was 13 at the time of feeling those weird vibes. Since his conviction, I’ve found out a whole lot more about him. I heard rumors about him paying off a family for the same thing so it did not get to court. To this day, I’m not sure if this is true or just a rumor. I’ve since heard that his preference (if there is such a thing) was 13 y/o girls’ not little little babies. His granddaughter was 5 when he began molesting her. These people are sick, anyone that molests, rapes anyone is sick! These people that stoop to children, should never be allowed to be in the presence of any kids, no matter what the age.

Since: Nov 07

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#12 Oct 21, 2008
Wow, I can't believe how many people maligned the son for what? Trusting his father around his daughter? Or reporting him to the police immediately when his daughter reported the problem. If the father of the girl was so heinous, then surely he would have allowed his father to continue for whatever benefits he got from being in his employ etc-were that his motivation.

I am so glad for the man's daughter that the son did not have some misplaced sense of loyalty to his father-like some have for their religion or family or boss-and keep this under wraps for the sake of family unity, the family business, etc.
Bernie

Redmond, WA

#13 Jun 1, 2013
Oof Da! Tragic

Bernie

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