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Former Seattle Impact Owner Guilty of Sexual Assault in Arizona

Posted by Steve Karimi | Aug 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dion Earl, the former owner of the professional indoor soccer team Seattle Impact, was found guilty of six counts of sexual assault in Phoenix, Arizona. Earl, who commuted between a home in Mesa, Arizona and Kent, Washington, had been charged with sexually assaulting two different women in his Mesa home in 2017. Both women, who were 21 and 18 at the time of the assaults, had been invited to his home under the guise of babysitting his children. He will be sentenced this October and faces up to 17 years in prison.

Seattle Impact Dancers Testify in Arizona

In addition to the victims' testimony about the Mesa incidents, two Seattle Impact dance-team members also testified that Earl had attacked them in 2014. The two Impact dancers went to the police with their stories, but at that time, King County prosecutors did not file any charges against Earl. Shortly afterwards, the entire dance team and several members of the Impact front office staff resigned, and then the majority of the Impact soccer team players quit in protest after their first and only game.

King County Prosecutors Mishandle Case

After his arrest in October 2017 for the Mesa incidents, King County decided to reopen yet another case against Earl, which went back to 2009. In that case, a Kirkland, Washington massage parlor attendant claimed Earl had raped her during an appointment.

The massage parlor had been the subject of a police raid weeks before the alleged incident as part of a prostitution sting. The massage parlor attendant waited two weeks after her alleged rape to go to the police because she didn't know the name of the man who raped her and she had to wait for the parlor owner to give her the customer's name.

When questioned about the incident, Earl originally claimed that the sex with the attendant was consensual and that the attendant tried to extort money from him after they had sex. However, the woman provided the police with towels and clothing from the incident, which showed male DNA present.

Kirkland police believed that the DNA would only prove that sex had taken place, not rape, so they let the case go cold. But that DNA is now being compared to Earl's DNA, which was collected after he was arrested in Mesa. King County has now charged Earl with second-degree rape in the massage parlor incident.

Defense Attorney Steve Karimi

If you are facing charges of sexual assault or rape after an incident that you believed was consensual, you need a seasoned and experienced defense attorney to uncover holes in the alleged victim's charges against you. Steve Karimi is a former prosecutor so he knows how prosecutors think and act. Contact the Law Offices today at 206-621-8777 for fill out a contact form to get a free consultation of your case and the charges you are facing.

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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