Tacoma man charged with raping 10-year-old neighbor

TACOMA, Wash. -- A 62-year-old Tacoma man was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a 10-year-old neighbor who had been riding his bike past the man's house.

According to the charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court, the victim and his younger sister were riding their bikes past Dickie Bergeson's house Aug. 5 when Bergeson asked the victim to come into his garage so he could show him a magazine.

The victim went into Bergeson's garage, where Bergeson showed him a pornographic magazine and demanded to perform oral sex on the victim, according to the charging documents.

The victim said no, but Bergeson reportedly threatened to hurt him. The victim later told police he was scared of Bergeson.

After performing oral sex on the victim, Bergeson demanded the victim have sex with him, according to the charging documents. The victim again said no, and Bergeson reportedly threatened to hurt him if he told his mother about the incident.

The victim told his mother what happened Aug. 12, and Tacoma Police Department officers arrested Bergeson.

According to the charging documents, Bergeson admitted to showing the magazine to the victim and performing oral sex on him. He reportedly also admitted to telling the victim to pour hydrogen peroxide on a woman's genitals to find out if she has a disease.

Bergeson has been charged with rape of a child.