Prosecutors Pile On Charges Against Man Accused Of Kidnapping Prostitutes

Prosecutors have filed nine additional charges of kidnapping, rape, and extortion against a man previously accused of posing as a police officer and trying to force a prostitute to have sex with him at his North Seattle apartment last year.

In September, prosecutors filed kidnapping and criminal impersonation charges against Julian Tarver after he allegedly called a prostitute to his apartment, told her he was an undercover cop performing a prostitution sting, and tried to coerce her into having sex with him.

Weeks after Tarver was charged, at least three more women contacted police, claiming Tarver—who has prior convictions for arson and attempted train derailment in 2004 and 2005—had tried the same scheme on several women who had posted escort ads on Craigslist and Backpage.com between June and August 2010.

Tarver is also facing one count of rape of a child as, according to prosecutors, one of Tarver’s victims was a 15-year-old girl, who Tarver kidnapped with the “intent to facilitate…extortion.”

Tarver remains in custody at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.