WALLA WALLA -- The second of two brothers who had sex with an underage girl at what police called a "party house" last fall has received a suspended prison term, but will continue serving a jail stint and undergo sex-offender treatment.
Allan F. Avbel, 23, of 306 Craig St., was sentenced Monday afternoon to six months in the County Jail, followed by up to three years of outpatient treatment under community custody, a form of probation.
If he fails to complete treatment and comply with various conditions, he will be sent to prison for the balance of his suspended sentence, which was set at one year and a day.
He also will have to register as a sex offender.
The sentence imposed by Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht is an alternative to a prison term of up to 14 months that Avbel faced and is similar to the sentence Schacht earlier handed Avbel's brother, Frank.
Allan Avbel pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to third-degree rape of a child for having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on Oct. 24. He also pleaded guilty to furnishing liquor to minors.
In handing down the sentence Monday, Schacht went along with a defense request for the alternative that carries a maximum jail sentence of a year rather than a prison term and mandates sex-offender treatment. A counselor's evaluation determined that Avbel appears to be amenable to treatment in that his sexual activity is neither pathological nor predatory. The prosecution was not opposing the alternative sentence.
At the hearing, Avbel apologized for his actions. "It will never happen again," Avbel said, later adding he will comply with the sex-offender treatment. "I am truly sorry for what I have done," he said.
His attorney, Gail Siemers, urged Schacht to impose the alternative sentence. "(Avbel is) not beyond being able to change his behavior," she said.
Avbel was arrested Nov. 11, but bail was posted later and he was released pending the outcome of his case. He was returned to jail after he pleaded guilty. Schacht gave him credit for the 67 days he's served.
Avbel's brother, Frank J. Avbel, 24, also was arrested. He entered guilty pleas Jan. 31 to three counts of third-degree rape of a child for having sexual intercourse with a different 14-year-old girl on three occasions in September. Late last month, he received a sex-offender alternative sentence, including six months in jail and three to four years of outpatient treatment.
Police said they began their investigation in the early morning hours of Oct. 24 after receiving a report from the mother of Allan Avbel's victim. The girl had been attending a party at the Avbels' home when Allan Avbel had sex with her in his upstairs bedroom.
Several teenage girls reportedly had been participating in drinking games at the residence that morning, with alcohol supplied by the Avbels.
During the course of the investigation, officials learned that Frank Avbel had sex with his victim about 30 times in past weeks, according to a police report. Most of the encounters occurred at the Avbels' home.
The residence was known to authorities as a "party house" and had been the location of multiple complaints. Police said they had 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' parents own the residence, but reportedly are gone often.
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