BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -
A county employee in Washington state has been arrested for allegedly raping a Western Washington University student in early December.
The Bellingham Herald reported Wednesday that 37-year-old Timothy Alexander Kennedy was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape Sunday.
An official says Kennedy has been employed as a planner with the Whatcom County Planning & Development Services Department since 2013.
Whatcom County Deputy Executive Tyler Schroeder says the allegations were not tied to Kennedy’s employment and that it would be inappropriate for the county to comment further during the investigation.
Court records say the Western Washington University Police Department was contacted by a woman who reported Kennedy raped her in her dormitory room Dec. 7.
The woman, whose age was not given, told police she met Kennedy through an online dating app.
The woman said Kennedy contacted her and she allowed him into her dorm, where Kennedy forced her to have sex after she declined several times.
Whatcom County Senior Deputy Public Defender Alan Chalfie said prior to working for the planning department, Kennedy spent a year at the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office.
Chalfie said Kennedy has lived in Whatcom County for 13 years and has three children with his wife. Chalfie argued at Kennedy’s first appearance that there was a concern that the sexual act may have been more consensual than was laid out in the police report. He asked that Kennedy be released on his personal recognizance.
Kennedy’s bail was set at $5,000 at his first appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court Tuesday and he was released from Whatcom County Jail Tuesday night.
His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 31.
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