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December 8, 1997

Local News

Woodinville man charged with molesting 'little brother'

  by Andrew Walgamott
   SEATTLE--A 31-year-old Woodinville "Big Brother" was charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography by King County prosecutors last week. According to charging papers, William Walthuis molested an 8-year-old Issaquah boy he was mentoring. The two met through a Kirkland-based Big Brother program. Papers say that following a September "sleepover" at the defendant's house, the boy returned home to his mother who observed him "behaving strangely". The boy, though allegedly told not to "break the promise" between him and Walthuis, told his mother that he had been touched and shown pictures of naked children by the defendant. The boy repeated the story to King County Police as well.
  
   Papers say Walthuis has been a Big Brother to other boys, and has sought out contact with young boys through mentoring in Bellevue public schools. Prosecutors asked that Walthuis, a former software developer for Microsoft, be held on $100,000 bail. Arraignment on charges is expected Dec. 12. If convicted, the defendant could face between six and eight years in prison.