'Party house' man pleads guilty to rape

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WALLA WALLA -- A second man accused of having sex with an underage girl at what police called a "party house" last fall has pleaded guilty in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Allan F. Avbel, 22, of 306 Craig St., entered the guilty plea Monday afternoon 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.

Avbel faces a standard-range prison term of a year-and-a-day to 14 months when he's sentenced by Judge Donald W. Schacht after a presentence investigation is completed.

But in a plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending an alternative sentence be imposed if Avbel is found to be amenable to sex-offender treatment. Under that alternative, Avbel would be ordered to serve up to a year in the County Jail and undergo treatment when he's released.

Avbel's brother, Frank J. Avbel, 24, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree rape of a child and is awaiting sentencing for having sexual intercourse with a different 14-year-old girl on three occasions in September. The standard-range penalty for his crimes is 46-60 months in prison, but the prosecution is not opposing the sex-offender sentencing alternative in his case.

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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