By Steve Guntli
A Birch Bay resident is facing six years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl.
On March 23, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Deborra Garrett handed Ray Anthony Hollis, 21, his sentence for the August 15, 2015 assault. According to a statement from the victim, Hollis came to her family’s home uninvited, while the preteen girl and her sister were home alone.
The girl claimed she was too scared to ask Hollis to leave, so they watched a movie until Hollis fell asleep, and then left to go to bed. Hollis woke, followed the girl and raped her. The girl was able to convince Hollis to stop, at which time she called the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies at the scene reported Hollis was obviously high on drugs and had difficulty stringing sentences together. Medics administered a rape kit to the victim and found injuries consistent with her claims.
Hollis was charged with the rape of a child in the second degree. He pleaded guilty in January to reduced charges of burglary in the first degree and two counts of indecent liberties.
Hollis maintains he is innocent of the crime. He claimed in court that he’d come to the home to steal some bottles of alcohol, and the victim made up the story to cover for the fact that she had been drinking with him.
Hollis has one previous felony on his record for residential burglary and several misdemeanor charges for domestic violence. As a child he was diagnosed as schizophrenic.
After Hollis serves his prison sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender.