Trial date set for Walla Walla brothers in child sex case

Two men are accused of supplying teens with alcohol and having sex with 14-year-olds.

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WALLA WALLA -- Two local brothers who were arrested this month after reported sexual encounters with underage girls at their home are scheduled for trial Jan. 4 and 5 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Frank J. Avbel, 24, and Allan F. Avbel, 22, of 306 Craig St., pleaded innocent to criminal charges Monday. Frank Avbel is accused of three counts of third-degree rape of a child for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on multiple occasions in September. Allan Avbel is charged with one count of the crime involving a different 14-year-old girl and one count of furnishing liquor to minors.

Police said they began their investigation in the early morning hours of Oct. 24 after receiving a report from the mother of one of the girls. The girl had been attending a party at the Avbels' home. Allan Avbel allegedly had sex with her in his upstairs bedroom.

Several teenage girls reportedly had been participating in drinking games there that morning, with alcohol supplied by the Avbels. The residence is known to authorities as a "party house" and has been the location of multiple complaints, according to a police report filed in court.

During the course of the investigation, police learned that Frank Avbel had sex with a different 14-year-old girl about 30 times in recent weeks, a police report says. Most of the alleged encounters occurred at the Avbels' home.

The Avbels' parents own the residence, but reportedly are often gone.

Police said they've responded to the house at least 16 times since 2009 for calls consisting of assaults, burglaries, domestic problems, liquor violations and other disturbances.

The Avbels were taken into custody Nov. 11 and booked into the County Jail. In interviews before their arrests, they admitted sexual activity with the girls, according to police reports.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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