Ed Troyer’s Son Zachary Charged with Statutory Rape


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

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.

Ed Troyer conducting press conference

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.

9 responses to “Ed Troyer’s Son Zachary Charged with Statutory Rape

  1. You do a wonderful job making all the connections for us. All the corruption in WA state is abhorrent; I wonder what the bigger picture is in relation to similar events in other states. Is WA an enigma, because I would think it would be the last place I would want to be.

  2. Mercy 4 Women,

    Thank you for your gracious comment. Actually, WA State is mostly an awesome place for DV survivors. WA State, for example, pioneered Address Confidentiality Programs, and ours is FAB-U-LOUS.

    Pierce County, unfortunately, is a snake pit of corruption and callous indifference. It was home to many infamous DV perpatrators who made national headlines. You are likely familiar with the cases of Susan Cox Powell, the DC Sniper, the four cops who were assasinated in a Lakewood coffee shop, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who assasinated 17 people in Afghanistan, and Tacoma Police Chief David Brame, etc., etc., etc.

    The upside is that Mildred Muhammad, the DC Sniper’s ex-wife, survived and became a phenomenal spokesperson. She was recently on Anderson. She wrote Scared Silent and founded After the Trauma.

    BTW, I love your blog and have added it to my survivor blog roll. A lot of survivors are connecting via the Internet. We’re kicking ass and taking names. We’re letting the people who foolishly assume that we are victims know we are emPOWERed warrior women.

    Sending hugs,
    Anne Caroline

  3. Federal Way in 1989 my wife and 2 step kids, boy 7 girl 5, were having a few minutes watching a kids show on tv at about 4 in the evening while I prepared for work. Suddenly the front door was LOUDLY banged on to the point I thought maybe I should arm myself before seeing what is going on.It was Ed Troyer and King Co. Sheriff Dave Reichert, along with a Chaplan who was about 10 years older then them.They asked if they could come in-I said sure, come on in. We got to the living room when all of a sudden Dave started barking out, very loud and scary -like he was giving orders in boot camp- (to the little kids and my wife- ,” YOUR FATHER HAS JUST BEEN KILLED BY THE ORANGE COUNTY CALIF POLICE DEPT BY BEING SHOT 9 TIMES.” (They came walking into his home without a warrant or knocking as he had burnt a little breakfast- was scraping a pan with a knife when he turned around and started yelling at them and walking toward them-2 rookies lost control and opened up.)-He was very Republican about privacy issues and was understandibly irrate. (The Orange Co. Sheriff told me,”I’m really sorry, we knew he had some issues and shouldn’t have sent two rookies.”) I swear in God’s name he said that.
    As everyone burst into tears and sobs, I told the police,”lets go out side so they can talk, and I can speak with you.” I asked them,”Whose idea was this?” They looked at each other and finally Dave said, said “both of ours”. So I said- while looking at the chaplin-who was the ONLY one who was polite,- Sheriff, I don’t know who raised you, but what you just did is against the law-that is Terrorising a child, or child endangering- That is NOT the way you break bad news of a relative’s death to a 2 children. Chaplin- Please explain to these two what they just did, that they should pull the adults aside FIRST.” I wish to God the all mighty I would have followed them back to Seattle filed a complaint.
    So- in my opinion, after raising 6 kids- Dave Reichert and Ed Troyer have NO Business being around kids- they are both abusive child endangering individuals- I saw it with my own eyes. Out of ALL 6- the only one that has had problems is the 7 year old boy (now 31)who was traumatised by the police. He is just getting out of prison now- for insisting on carrying a pistol for protection against the juvenile “gangs”. Dave and Ed should BOTH be held accountable and have to help him finish high school and college-due to the arrested development they initiated- caused my family. Look it up Frank Nalepa killed July 8 1989. His Excuse? “We wanted to see how the family was going to react.” Well, just be fortunate Ed Troyer and Dave Reichert, that step-son never learns who the 2 of you are. Perverts.

  4. Wtf he’s charged with Sexual Assault and he’s sentenced to a measly 10 days at home wearing an ankle braclet & a whole week sitting shotgun in Dad’s cruiser to fulfil his community service stipulation…..? FOR RAPE, – “IT WAS ‘CONCENTUAL’ RAPE” just so we’re clear about that. Troyer’s spin on that fact is precisely the reason his son felt so entitled to break the law in the first place….BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THEY DO ALL THE TIME.

  5. I know the Troyer family and they are wonderful people and do so much for the community , Ed has started many charities to help kids who have been abused , Murdered , homeless, I think you are crazy to say anything that he could have personally protected Crystal Brame, i think you personally have a thing against Ed Troyer. That man has helped my family and many Pierce County families when they were in desperate need of help. Find something else to do with your time. Thank you Detective Troyer for all that you do for the community.

  6. Looks like Ed’s gonna run for office, so here comes Jefferey Clark. I think Unicorn Fro from 2018 better-knows what’s up. Ed Troyer must not ascend to elected office, and it’s exceedingly clear why that’s the case. I don’t know Anne Caroline Drake, but she’s absolutely on the right track, and emminently concerned about impartiality, too. Ed Troyer is unfit for elected office, and many like-minded people have concluded so based on utterly independent observations. Ed Troyer’s also going to run a brutish low-price media campaign for office here on social media. Pierce County rejected Lindquist, and must reject Troyer. Lindquist had no stronger ally than Troyer. Everyone loses when these spin doctors run the asylum.

  7. Mr. Clark:

    Ed Troyer admitted on national news that he knew that Crystal was likely in danger. He did NOTHING to protect her. And, he wasn’t the only person in Pierce County law enforcement who abdicated their duty to protect her. Hell, I knew she was in mortal danger when I saw David Brame on the local news the night before he shot her in front of their kids. I wasn’t the only DV survivor who recognized the menacing look on his face and in his tone of voice and knew he was ready to strike. Unfortunately, unlike Troyer, we didn’t have any way of contacting or protecting her.

    Quite frankly, Pierce County, WA, is one of the worst places in the country for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Since I started this blog 10 years ago, two police officers have been killed responding to domestic violence incidents. A judge released on bail a guy who molested his daughter. While he was out on bail, he assassinated four cops at a Lakewood coffee shop. The DC Sniper similarly wasn’t effectively prosecuted and went on a shooting rampage to disguise his end goal: assassinating his ex-wife Mildred. Isaiah M.K. Kalebu similarly wasn’t effectively held accountable for domestic violence. He killed his aunt and her tenant before he took his crime spree to Seattle where he raped and stabbed two women. One died.

    I cheered along with Puppetmaster Pete when Lindquist was voted out of office, and I will similarly celebrate Troyer’s exit from law enforcement. The good deeds he might do in the community don’t make up for failing to do his job when it counted. He gets PAID to protect women like Crystal Brame, but he didn’t. Instead, he opted to suck up to a corrupt cop.

    The body count in this comment is 27. How about you explain to their friends and family why exactly you think Ed Troyer is such a good guy.

    Anne Caroline

  8. Puppetmaster Pete,

    Although I’m essentially retired and rarely write posts, I think the voters of Pierce County deserve to hear the truth about elected officials. Politicians don’t talk much about domestic violence, but it is a hot issue with voters. It is an especially hot issue in Pierce County which IMHO is corrupt as hell. It is so bad that I created a special page to shine a spotlight on Pierce County:
    https://annecarolinedrake.com/survivors-network-silent-no-more/system-dysfunctions/spotlight-on-pierce-county-wa/

    There are more stories on my site as well as others I didn’t write about because my followers were sharp enough to get the picture. We all cheered when Lindquist got the boot.

    Good luck,
    Anne Caroline

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