Suspected child molester arrested, more victims may be out there
By KEPRTV.com Staff
KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- Kennewick Police responded to 7322 W. Bonnie Place on 27 July 2014 for a child molestation investigation. As a result of that investigation, numerous juvenile victims have been identified as having been inappropriately touched by the suspect, identified as Vernon D. Gillett, 70. This investigation has revealed additional victims in other jurisdictions including the Adams, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties.
Mr. Gillett would make contact with the victims, and exchange a handwritten note asking for sex in exchange for money and other gifts. The identified victims range in age from 3 to 13, and are all females.
Mr. Gillett was arrested without incident on 12 August 2014 at 1600 at his residence. He was booked into Benton County Jail charged with Child Molestation 2nd Degree.
This investigation remains active. Detective Jason Harrington is seeking any information relating to the potential identity victims.
KEPR CBS 19 serves the Tri-Cities area of Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, Washington and surrounding communities including Benton City, Prosser, Grandview, Sunnyside, Walla Walla, College Place, and Connell, Washington and Umatilla, Hermiston, Pendleton and Patterson, Oregon.