Former principal in Sequim sentenced to 26 years in prison for child rape, molestation

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- A judge on Wednesday sentenced 55-year-old Douglas Allison, the former principal of Mountain View Christian School in Sequim, to more than 26 years in prison.

Last month, Allison pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation and two counts of rape of a child.

In a probable cause document filed in court, the sheriff's office said a 11-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl at the school told detectives that Allison had touched them inappropriately. The investigation began after the girls told their mothers what had occurred.

Mountain View Christian School is operated by the 7th Day Adventist Church.

According to the court documents, the mother of one of the victims phoned Allison, while detectives listened in, and told Allison that her daughter had told her that Allison had been touching her in her privates area. Allison said the girl had told the truth, the documents said, and told the mother that "he was not okay with it and that his life had come to an end."

Allison was eventually arrested at his home, read his Miranda rights and agreed to talk to a detective, the document says.

In the interview, Allison said he began touching the girls inappropriately last October and November, the document says, and that he would rub their genital areas in class and occasionally digitally penetrate them. He also said he had one of the victims touch him.

Allison said "he was ashamed of what he had done ... and he is sorry," the detective wrote in the document. He "said he knew what he was doing ... was wrong."

Associate Pastor Collette Pekar told reporters in March, "Truly our hearts are breaking and the level of dismay and grief on the part of our church community is overwhelming. "We pray for the complete healing of these kids and we will be behind them to provide the counseling and intervention. Whatever is necessary."