LYNNWOOD — A Lynnwood man is accused of raping as many as 10 women he met through drug and alcohol recovery groups.
Police allege the man preyed on those who were vulnerable because of their addictions, including the newly sober. He reportedly offered to let women stay at his house when they were detoxing or worried about relapsing.
Several of the women say that before the attacks, they had told him about sexual violence they experienced in their pasts, and how that contributed to their substance abuse. Some said they relapsed after being raped again.
The man, 32, often led meetings for Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, according to the arrest report.
He was booked Wednesday into the Snohomish County Jail. He is being held on suspicion of one count of second-degree rape and three counts of third-degree rape.
Prosecutors Thursday said there could be more victims who have not yet come forward. A judge set bail at $250,000.
The women became aware of one another after someone posted about the suspect on Facebook, records show. Police were contacted Feb. 27.
One woman said the man often was asked to speak at AA meetings. She said he “appeared to be very spiritual and had an impressive story of sobriety.” In spring 2014, he made sexual advances and ignored her when she told him to stop, she said.