Update: 2 more potential charges against Lincoln Park suspect

January 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

46-year-old Gatewood resident Duane Starkenburg is now booked for investigation of 2 counts of indecent liberties, in connection with attacks in addition to the one in Lincoln Park for which he was arrested two days ago (first WSB report here). His bail status is currently “denied” – a change from the $25,000 set at yesterday’s hearing (WSB coverage here) – but the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says he has a bail hearing set for this afternoon. This comes hours after Seattle Police released a sketch they say is related to a December attack in the park (see it here), and urged anyone who might have been a victim of “unwanted touching” anywhere in West Seattle to come forward.

ADDED 12:58 PM: According to KCPAO spokesperson Dan Donohoe, the attacks involved in the new potential charges were in August and December. We reported on an August incident here; December is the time frame mentioned in the SPD sketch release last night. We’ll have more details after this afternoon’s bail hearing.

11 Comments

  1. FYI:

    RCW 9a.44.100
    Indecent liberties.
    (1) A person is guilty of indecent liberties when he or she knowingly causes another person who is not his or her spouse to have sexual contact with him or her or another:



    (a) By forcible compulsion;


    2)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, indecent liberties is a class B felony.


    (b) Indecent liberties by forcible compulsion is a class A felony.

    Comment by lincoln park resident — 12:36 pm January 27, 2011 #

  2. I thought I remembered reading something about a woman in the Morgan Junction getting groped a couple of months ago and found this on the WSB:

    Around 7:30 pm on October 1st, an 18-year-old woman was grabbed in the buttocks and crotch by a man who ran by her in Morgan Junction. The suspect is a white man, 30-49. He wore a faded blue skull cap, a dark blue sweatshirt and dark blue sweatpants. He was last seen running eastbound on SW Monroe from California SW.

    Comment by Denise — 12:55 pm January 27, 2011 #

  3. D, I am adding to the story at the moment, prosecutor’s office says August and December are the other two attacks in which charges are being considered right now. (The bail hearing will determine “probable cause” for continuing to hold him on those charges; then formal charges would have to be filed within a certain window, probably, KCPAO tells us, by Friday.) I believe we have an August incident in the system here, am looking into archives right now – TR
    .
    P.S. We will not publish addresses here but they’re a matter of public record, and the direction mentioned in that October report you found would have been just blocks from, and toward, his Gatewood residence.

    Comment by WSB — 1:02 pm January 27, 2011 #

  4. Pleased to hear of the progress in this ongoing investigation, and possible felony counts at that. Go detectives go!

    On that Morgan Junction groping incident, sounds just like his “Oh I was just jogging by!” b.s. excuse, doesn’t it – and right near his residence, too.

    Comment by Mookie — 1:09 pm January 27, 2011 #

  5. I wish the woman from that October incident would step forward. I wonder if she even knows about what’s happened recently? It might bolster the case against him. I know you don’t publish addresses, but I looked his up a few nights ago. It is definitely close to where that incident occurred!

    Comment by Denise — 1:10 pm January 27, 2011 #

  6. Looks like the jig may be up for a guy who thought he’d figured-out a method for unwanted touching that wouldn’t send him to jail.

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 1:48 pm January 27, 2011 #

  7. What happens to people like that ? were do they go ?

    Comment by LR — 3:13 pm January 27, 2011 #

  8. Thanks WSB for the great coverage! You guys do an awesome job!
    Of course his parents are going to say they will keep him out of trouble. He is almost 50 and living with mom and dad. These are the super freaks we need to worry about. I feel sorry for his parents.

    Comment by Alki Girl — 3:17 pm January 27, 2011 #

  9. You can find anybody by going to whitepages.com
    Also,in the last reported update,his parents both in court stating he will stay out of trouble.Folks,he’s not five yrs old he’s 46 and he knows what he’s doing.He’s a sick pup and he’s only getting worse and more dangerous.There’s an elementary school just blocks from his house and Lincoln Park.He’s going to rape someone if he isn’t stopped NOW.Not to mention,will he kill if he fears the victim will report him?It’s known to happen.Just sayin.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 3:19 pm January 27, 2011 #

  10. I don’t feel sorry for the parents actually.They’ve created a monster by allowing him to mooch on them,live under their roof and stand up for him in times like this.Nobody in their right mind would make excuses for a creeper like this.He’s no longer a child and needs to except his responsibilities.He has no right victimizing these people.If he’s let out,he’ll reoffend and maybe get more violent.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 4:44 pm January 27, 2011 #

  11. These types always reoffend or escalate to worse crimes. There is NO proven rehabilitation of sex offenders of any type. Sad but true.

    Comment by Susan — 2:15 pm February 1, 2011 #

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