Police: Woman choked, tied to pipe, raped in church basement

| February 11, 2010

SPOKANE — Police are investigating an alleged rape that occurred in the basement of an East Spokane church early Saturday morning.

Officers arrested Michael Bosch, 47, around 5:00 a.m. Saturday. He is currently in the Spokane County Jail on First Degree Rape charges.

Police say Bosch brought the alleged victim to Mending Fences Fellowship, a church near the intersection of Sprague and Magnolia Saturday morning.

According to investigators, Bosch tied a wire around the woman's neck, put a bag over her head, and tied her to a pipe in the church basement before sexually assaulting her.

Mending Fences Pastor Kevin Ch'en told KREM 2 News Bosch has been an active member of the church, volunteering and making positive changes in his life.

Ch'en says Bosch was given a key to the facility because he was doing remodeling work in the building and needed a place to stay. Ch'en says church policy is that no one stays there overnight or is at the church alone. Now, Ch'en feels somewhat responsible for the crime.

Bosch's bail has been increased from $50,000 to $75,000. Police expect to file other charges against him.



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