Founder of Seattle nonprofit charged with rape

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SEATTLE — Prosecutors say the co-founder of a Seattle-based nonprofit that aims to prevent sexual exploitation of women has fled the country after being charged with child rape.

Seattlepi.com reports that 41-year-old Dhan Pun had been due to plead guilty in a deal to resolve allegations against him in King and Snohomish counties, but fled to Nepal in November, and prosecutors believe he's still there.

Pun is the co-founder, with his wife, of Women's Prevention and Protection Center Nepal Foundation, which, according to its website, provides support to women and girls in Nepal who are rescued or have returned from a life as a sex trafficking victim.

Pun is accused of routinely assaulting a teenage relative from 2010 to 2012 while he lived in Seattle and then Lynnwood. He was initially charged with third-degree child rape and third-degree child molestation in Snohomish County, but King County prosecutors files separate charges against him last week. If he returns from Nepal, he will face charges in both counties.