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Man charged with sexual exploitation of a 17-year-old boy

SNOQUALMIE - A Level 3 sex offender and eight-time felon living in Snoqualmie was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and failure to register as a sex offender with the King County Sheriff's Office.

Kevin James Achartz, 39, videotaped himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 17-year-old boy he drugged with methamphetamine on or about May 5.

The minor's grandfather found the videotape labeled "road trip" in his garage and turned it over to the King County Sheriff's Office.

Achartz, also a convicted second degree rapist, has an extensive criminal history, which includes felony convictions for assault in the third degree (2002), theft in the second degree (2002, 1988), failure to register as a sex offender (1998), burglary in the second degree (1998), attempt to elude (1990), robbery in the second degree (1988), and misdemeanor convictions for harassment (2001, 1997), assault (1985) and numerous driving offenses.

Bail is set at $1 million.

Achartz was convicted of second degree rape in May of 1991 and at that time was required to register as a sex offender. He was released from confinement in April of 1995 and required to register for 15 years following his release.

Achartz last registered a change of address with the King County Sheriff's Office in fall 2004.

According to court documents, Achartz is considered dangerous and a threat to the community. A witness told detectives Achartz may have drugged and had unprotected sex with 10 underage victims after he was released as a Level 3 sex offender. Level 3 sex offenders are considered by the state to be the most likely to reoffend.

* King County Sheriff's Office detectives want to hear from anyone who may have been in contact with Achartz. Call (206) 296-4155 with information.

Staff writer Melissa Kruse can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at melissa.kruse@valleyrecord.com.

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