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Ellensburg Defendant Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison For Attempted Child Rape

YAKIMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today a Yakima County Superior Court judge sentenced an individual from Ellensburg to nearly six years in prison following his guilty plea for charges related to felony attempted child rape.

Bradley V. Tschauner, a 32-year-old, pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to commit rape of a child in the first degree. The Attorney General’s Office had earlier recommended a prison sentence of 69.75 months — five years and nearly 10 months. When released from prison, Tschauner must register as a sex offender for 15 years and will be under community supervision for three years.

“I was proud to partner with the Washington State Patrol and Yakima County Prosecutor’s Office to ensure those who want to prey on children are held accountable,” Ferguson said. “Operations like these are a testament to what interagency partnerships can accomplish. The work of law enforcement across the state to protect children is vital.”

Case background

The prosecution of Tschauner is one of six cases the Attorney General’s Office is handling from a November 2019 “Net Nanny” operation in Yakima. State, local and federal law enforcement officers from as far away as Hawaii conducted the operation, which the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force coordinated and led. Detectives posed online as minors offering sex, or, alternatively, as individuals offering minors for sex. They arrested 16 men when the men arrived at pre-arranged meeting locations.

The Attorney General’s Office does not have authority to initiate criminal investigations, unless it receives and accepts a referral from a county prosecutor or the governor. The Attorney General’s Office accepted referrals from Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Brusic in these six cases.

On Nov. 15, 2019, as detailed in Tschauner’s affidavit of probable cause, Tschauner replied to an ad from an undercover task force detective posted on a social media website. The ad was a picture of a living room decorated in Christmas holiday decor. There were words over the picture that read, “Family fun. Be discrete. HMU [hit me up] if ur like minded.”

The detective posed as a mother with two girls, ages 11 and 13. The detective received a response from “trainwreck420,” whom law enforcement later identified as Tschauner. He wrote, “Hey there how’s it going?”

The detective asked Tschauner whether age mattered; he replied that age did not matter as long as he had the mother’s consent. The detective then told Tschauner that her daughters were 11 and 13. Tschauner texted back “Nice,” and immediately described the explicit acts he intended to do to the girls, including rape. Later, he wrote that “family fun is one of my fantasies.” He also texted the detective an explicit photograph of his genitals.

Tschauner agreed to come to a Yakima house the following afternoon. Officers with the task force arrested him when he arrived. Officers found condoms, gifts for the two girls and a “slim” sex toy on him. Tschauner admitted in interviews with law enforcement that he intended to have sex with the girls.