Monroe v. Tielsch

84 Wash. 2d 217, 525 P.2d 250 (1974)

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Monroe v. Tielsch

Washington Supreme Court
84 Wash. 2d 217, 525 P.2d 250 (1974)

Facts

A child alleged that a group of juveniles sexually assaulted her. Four juveniles, Allan Monroe, Alonzo Monroe, Jr., Clarence Webb, Jr., and Mathion Powell, Jr. (the juveniles) (plaintiffs) were arrested for the assault and charged with delinquency for committing indecent liberties and other charges. At the time of the arrest, Allan was 10 years old, Alonzo was 14 years old, Clarence was 14 years old, and Mathion was 16 years old. Before the arrest for committing indecent liberties, Alonzo had been arrested four times, Clarence had been arrested five times, and Powell had been arrested 12 times. One of the juveniles had been arrested for charges including rape, assault, and carrying a concealed weapon. The child who alleged sex assault chose not to testify at the delinquency hearing, and the charges were dropped. The juveniles filed a motion to expunge all records relating to the alleged sex assault, including arrest records of the Seattle Police Department (defendant) and the intake records and social and legal files of the Ring County Juvenile Court (defendant). The juvenile court denied the juveniles’ motion, and the juveniles appealed to the Washington Supreme Court, arguing that they would be unfairly stigmatized if the records were not expunged.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brachtenbach, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Finley, J.)

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