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Ferndale man suspected of years of child rape and other charges

FERNDALE, Wash. — A Ferndale man has been arrested and charged in Whatcom County Superior Court with 1st degree rape of a child and other charges following an investigation by Ferndale Police.

Jonathon “John” Charles Sortino, age 52, was arrested by Ferndale Police on December 16, 2021, after an investigation that included the victim’s testimony regarding years of abuse and online conversations between Sortino and a friend that include what appear to be confessions to the crimes.

Sortino was arrested at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport on December 15, 2021, and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

Sortino currently faces the following felony charges in Whatcom County Superior Court.

  • 1st degree rape of a child
  • 1st degree incest (2x)
  • 3rd degree rape of a child
  • 1st degree dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct

As of January 18th, Sortino remained in custody pending being able to post a $100,000 bond or $10,000 in cash.


  1. Alvina Olstead January 18, 2022

    Please hold him accountable What I’m County. Prison, not alternative treatment.

  2. cheryle d souza January 18, 2022

    it seems people play eenie meenie minee mo, i was abused by a pedafile all my life( 3years old) but when I finally arrived at the bellingham police dept. they were kind, but only asked about one big incident ,but turned me over into the hands of my mother!!! the very person that was letting her younger brother rape me all my life, i was not told i could come back when i was older, i was 13 then, when i came back many years older your b,ham police would not help, The name was Steve Stone,I am sure you will find more cases about him,but seemed to me your police dept. protected him , the lowest kind of vile filth. i received no help and I am now 65 years old and have never!!! received Justice, can you even know how that feels ? can you ? even he is now dead when i was in my 50,s it has always been unjust. Cheryle D. Altman

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