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MANSON RESIDENT JAILED

A registered sex offender in Manson who admitted to illicitly contacting teenagers on Snapchat is now suspected of committing rape against a 16-year-old victim.


27-year-old Bernardino Dwite Hamilton was arrested January 5th on five charges of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Chelan County sheriff's deputies say Hamilton admitted using a smartphone to contact multiple teenage girls in 2021, while he was on probation for a guilty plea he entered in 2019to two counts of child molestation.


Hamilton was not allowed to have a smartphone without disclosing that fact to Department of Corrections agents as a condition of his release. But deputies say he kept a "burner" phone for the purpose of contacting teen girls and young adult women in his area.


One of the alleged victims of the Snapchat contact told Chelan County sheriff’s deputies Hamilton sexually assaulted her on three occasions in December 2022. On Wednesday, investigators asked the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney's office to charge Hamilton with three counts of third-degree rape.


Hamilton is in the Chelan County jail on $250,000 bond.

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