Bellevue man charged with incest, molestation and child rape

Detectives learned of the assault after victim tried to end her life.

After more than a year of crime lab work, King County prosecutors have charged a Bellevue man with child rape, molestation and incest.

Ian Amthony Gantt, 38, is being held at King County jail on $250,000 bail. He was arrested April 13 and formally charged five days later.

Bellevue police first learned of the abuse in January 2017 when Gantt’s victim was taken to Overlake Medical Center because she had tried to take her own life. Charging documents state the victim had taken anxiety pills because, she told detectives, Gantt had been sexually abusing her for four years and she was depressed.

In the interview, the girl explained the abuse began when Gantt would sleepwalk while using sleeping pills. Soon, it escalated to when he was awake after she told him what he was doing.

“Ian told [the victim] he was going to ‘do it’ with her while he was awake because he had no memory of the previous times,” court records state. “[The victim] stated Ian’s rationale was that if he was going to get in trouble, he wanted to remember it.”

Gantt allegedly abused the girl as a punishment when she got in trouble.

On April 11, the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab confirmed Gantt’s DNA and he was arrested and charged shortly after.

More in News

KCSO found all but one of the 108 allegations of excessive or unnecessary use of force were justified

The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight has released its annual 2018 report.

Report: Only one use of excessive force upheld by Sheriff’s investigations in 2018

The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight has released its annual 2018 report.

Council checks in on status of proposed Sambica Activity Center rezone

The application for the rezoning was filed on Feb. 25.

Bellevue PD increases emphasis on child sex predators

Police say the number of crime-related tips have prompted the focus.

Bellevue suspect found dead in Seattle apartment

Police say Adam Gua died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Eastside Pathways releases community report

The report was released late last month by the nonprofit.

The King County Courthouse. File photo
King County set to bring in tax-free housing funding

It’s set to reap $100 million over the next 20 years from state coffers.

Attendees take a closer look at the new Eastrail logo and tagline, “Let’s Connect” on July 20 in Redmond. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
East Rail Corridor is now Eastrail

Eastrail will be an uninterrupted 42-mile trail connected to Link light rail opening on the Eastside in 2023.

Most Read