On April 26, 2003, Tacoma (WA) Chief of Police David Brame shot his estranged wife Crystal Judson Brame in front of their young children in a Gig Harbor, WA shopping center parking lot. Det. Ed Troyer, who is spokesperson for the Pierce County (WA) sheriff’s department, knew or should have known what Chief Brame was about to do, but he did absolutely nothing to protect Crystal.
Crystal’s murder and Pierce County’s failure to protect her is why I started this blog and shine a bright light on the corruption in Pierce County.
Rob McKenna, Washington’s Attorney General, has been a steadfast champion in the quest to prevent domestic violence in Washington State. His integrity and support on the issue of domestic violence is why I will endorse him for governor despite the fact that I don’t agree with him on many issues.
On the ninth anniversary of the day Crystal was shot, his office charged Det. Troyer’s 19-year-old adopted son Zachary Thomas Troyer with felony counts of third-degree child rape and third-degree child molestation for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl on multiple occasions. KOMO, the Seattle ABC affiliate, reported:
Zachary Troyer told police in mid-April that he went to the girl’s house several times after her parents were asleep and that he had engaged in sex with her.
He admitted knowing that the girl was only 14 years old, that he knew it was illegal to have sex with her and that the incidents were “100 percent my fault,” according to court records.
Det. Troyer appears to be unable to grasp that his son was charged with statutory rape because a fourteen year old girl is incapable of consenting to sex with a man five years her senior. This is how he spun the story:
As foster parents we have raised seven kids through foster care, including Zach, who we got when he was 5 years old. All were taken out of abusive situations.
Zach currently lives on his own. I would expect him to be treated the same as other 19-year-olds facing similar allegations of consensual sexual activity, and I’m confident the truth will come out.
I wonder if Det. Troyer remembers that yesterday was the anniversary of the day Crystal was fatally shot. She was on my mind all day today. I pray that her family has found peace, and I admire them tremendously for the phenomenal work they have done.
Updates: Zachary Troyer pled guilty to sexual assault and was sentenced to 10 days of electronic home monitoring and 40 hours of community service.
His developmentally disabled foster sister, Briana, was found after a 12-hour Amber alert on November 14, 2012 sleeping with Terrence Powell, who is a registered sex offender.