Convicted rapist now charged with child molestation

Now in prison, D'Shawn Carr has a history of violencea against women

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: September 24, 2012, 9:14 PM

 
photoD'Shawn D. Carr

A Vancouver man convicted last year of attacking two strangers — and who has a history of preying on women — was charged Monday with molesting two girls.

D’Shawn D. Carr is currently confined at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton after being sentenced Sept. 30, 2011, to 15 years in prison. After completing the term, Carr’s case will go before the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board, which could keep him incarcerated for the rest of his life.

This week, prosecutors charged Carr, 23, with seven counts of first-degree child molestation, alleging that between October 2004 and May 2007, he sexually abused a relative and her friend. Both girls were younger than 8 years old, according to court documents.

The alleged victims disclosed the abuse to police investigators this past winter, after Carr had been sentenced for the Hazel Dell attacks. Both girls said Carr had sexually abused them several times, according to court documents.

Carr made his first appearance Monday morning in Clark County Superior Court. Judge John Wulle ordered Carr be kept in jail on a no-bail hold and set arraignment for Friday.

Carr first became tangled in the law for a 2007 attack on a real estate agent. Freshly released from prison for that crime, Carr was arrested and charged in August 2011 with attempting to rape a convenience store customer. He was acquitted of that crime.

Six weeks after his acquittal, on the evening of Jan. 30, 2011, he approached a woman as she was walking home from work along Northeast Highway 99 and held a knife to her throat. He ushered her to a nearby used car lot where he raped her, prosecutors said.

Three nights later, Carr was caught on surveillance video following a different woman to her car in the parking lot of WinCo Foods on Highway 99. He forced her inside the vehicle; she escaped after a Samaritan confronted him.

At the 2011 sentencing hearing, Judge Rich Melnick said: “There’s not many serial rapists, but this sounds like the start of one.”