A year after raping teen, Seattle man charged in another rape

A year after raping teen, Seattle man charged in another rape
Jeremy Ondracek
SEATTLE -- A Seattle man caught raping a teen girl little more than a year ago has again been accused of sexually assaulting someone he met on a Metro bus.

Previously sentenced to two years in prison for raping a teen runaway, Jeremy D. Ondracek is now alleged to have raped a disabled woman after following her home from a North Seattle bus stop.

According to charging papers, Ondracek "befriended" the small, physically limited woman on July 28 aboard a bus in Crown Hill. Ondracek is alleged to have waited outside as she ate at a restaurant and then followed her back to her North Seattle home.

Ondracek then pulled the woman into nearby bushes and sexually assaulted her after pulling off her clothing, a Seattle detective told the court. According to charging papers, Ondracek choked the woman while he raped her, then left the scene.

Investigators noted the woman's throat was bruised; injuries to her torso, arms and legs were also apparent. Video taken aboard the bus and outside the restaurant where the woman dined also supported her account.

Ondracek was arrested days after the alleged attack on a warrant. Following a tip from King County Jail staff, Seattle detectives interviewed Ondracek about the incident.

Writing the court, a detective said Ondracek admitted to having sex with the woman.

"I picked the wrong person, I guess, again," Ondracek told police, according to charging papers. "I'm telling ya, it would be easier to just go buy prostitutes."

By "again," Ondracek was apparently referring to his prior rape conviction stemming from an April 2012 sexual assault.

In that case, Ondracek ultimately pleaded guilty to third-degree rape following allegations that he raped a 16-year-old girl in a Seattle alley. Ondracek, who was alleged to have choked the girl during the rape, was ultimately sentenced to 22 months in state prison following a plea deal with prosecutors.

Writing the court at the time, Ondracek's attorney contended the teen's account was unreliable and that her client pleaded guilty against her advice. Describing Ondracek as mentally ill, the public defender suggested the teen may have embellished her story to avoid trouble with her father.

According to charging papers filed in the case, Ondracek was found on Phinney Ridge sleeping with his pants down, using the girl's backpack as a pillow. The girl told police Ondracek gave her marijuana before raping her in an alley.

Jailed without bail, Ondracek faces a potential 25-year mandatory minimum if convicted as charged.