Prosecutors: Yakima man had sex with child nearly 50 times

Prosecutors: Yakima man had sex with child nearly 50 times »Play Video
Travis Padgett during a court appearance in Yakima on Jan. 23, 2013.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Prosecutors filed formal charges Wednesday against a Yakima man accused of child rape. Travis Padgett is also charged with giving methamphetamine to a minor.

Details of the allegations against Padgett are disturbing. Padgett has a long history of run-ins with the law but, so far, has managed to avoid serious jail time, KIMA-TV reported.

But it was an unexpected revelation to a Student Resource Officer that sparked this current investigation.

Police said Padgett started a sexual relationship with someone he knew well and that he took advantage of being in a position of trust.

According to court documents, Padgett was giving a child meth and having sex with the child repeatedly. Padgett allegedly made the child have sex with older woman as well.

Investigators said the two had sex nearly 50 times since last summer.

"It's very, very disturbing and very disheartening for anybody," said Capt. Rod Light, Yakima police spokesperson.

Police say they found evidence during a search of Padgett's basement.

"Based on some of the evidence we recovered it would lead me to believe that it probably wasn't a basement being used for storage," Light said.

KIMA discovered a connection between Travis Padgett and well-known Yakima felon Jacob Lucey.

Lucey was originally sent to prison for his involvement in a shooting at Padgett's home over drug money. Lucey recently made headlines when he never returned from a jail furlough.

Padgett has 10 prior arrests, but none involved serious jail time.

Padgett's bail was set at $1 million.