A Washington man previously convicted of first-degree child rape was subsequently convicted of second-degree child rape in the alleged four-year-long abuse of his stepdaughter and was thus sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
He challenged his convictions and sentences in Washington v. McClure on the following grounds:
- Violation of public trial right by addressing numerous issues at sidebar conferences
- Allowance of state expert witness testimony that did not meet appropriate standards
- Prosecutorial misconduct in making comments regarding victim testimony and sexual assault victims in general
- Lack of sufficient evidence to prove the defendant knowingly possessed images of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct
- Violation of due process for finding him a persistent offender for sentencing purposes
- Abuse of discretion for imposition of a sentence condition barring him from any conduct with his minor son