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Bellingham man had rape charges dropped when pleading guilty, is now charged with another rape

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — In 2019, a Bellingham man had attempted rape and kidnapping charges dropped when he pled guilty to a felony violation of a protection order in a Whatcom County Superior Court case and was sentenced to 29 months in prison.

On Monday, October 18th, the man, identified as Marcos Delgado, Jr., age 34, was again arrested and charged with suspicion of 2nd degree attempted rape and 2nd degree assault.

According to documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court, Delgado is accused of attempting to force an acquaintance to have sex with him. He is accused of grabbing the victim by the throat and choking her. Bellingham Police reported observing marks on the victim’s neck and burst blood vessels in her eyes that were consistent with the reported assault. The victim reported being able to get free and flee.

Delgado was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail by Bellingham Police. He was released from custody on October 20th after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

Arresting officers noted this recent incident is similar to another which resulted in Delgado being arrested on similar charges in 2019.

In that case, Delgado was accused of forcing the victim into a portable bathroom and then threatening and assaulting her in an attempt to force her to have sex with him. He was arrested and charged with suspicion of attempted rape, kidnapping and felony violation of a protection order. It was in Whatcom County Superior Court regarding that incident that the attempted rape and kidnapping charges were dropped at the State’s recommendation when accepting the guilty plea. At the time, he was said to have prior felony convictions for escape from custody, theft and retail theft.

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