Pharmacist charged with child rape, license suspended
The Washington State Department of Health has suspended the license of a White Salmon pharmacist, Dr. Larry Chapman. Chapman, 68, was arrested on Sept. 28, 2016 and charged by the Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney with four counts of Rape of a Child in the First Degree. The alleged crimes took place between Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2006, beginning when the victim was six years old.
Sergeant Erik Anderson of the Klickitat County Sherriff’s Office wrote a probable cause statement detailing interviews with Chapman and the person who first raised concerns about Chapman’s conduct to police, among others. Anderson reports that Chapman confessed to child molestation but denied the rape charges, although at least one accuser insists his behavior did constitute rape.
According to court documents, Chapman’s child molestation behavior was announced to a church congregation on Sept. 25, 2016; at that time Chapman openly confessed his conduct to the congregation. The church sent parishioners home with letters advising them to talk about sexual abuse with their children. Chapman was directed not to attend any church services at which children would be present. The church stated at that time it was also seeking to determine whether or not there were additional victims.
Chapman told Anderson he “sexually assaulted” his daughter when she was four to eight years old and also molested his adolescent niece.
The reporting victim and her family did not immediately go to police, Anderson wrote in his statement, saying “they did not want Chapman to lose his occupation or income as a pharmacist.”
Chapman was confronted by his victim in his home at one point and apologized for his behavior. “I know I have a problem,” he is reported to have said. “I should just be in jail.”
When Anderson asked whether there would be additional victims in the case, Chapman reponded, “I hope not.”
Klickitat County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Wall says the prosecution has found three victims, but two are past the statute of limitations. He anticipates there will be further victims.
Over the objections of Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel, Chapman was allowed to post bail at $25,000. “We have a confessed child molester running around out there in public,” Quesnel said.
A trial set for Feb. 8, 2017 has been moved to March, 22. Quesnel said if the case isn’t resolved by Feb. 21, prosecution plans to set a hearing to file additional charges.
DOH suspended Chapman’s license on Feb. 3.