Great Wolf waterpark lifeguard accused of rape

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Alex Eduardo Salazar as shown in a booking photo. provided by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office. (KOIN 6 News)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lifeguard for the waterpark at the Great Wolf Lodge at Grand Mound has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

The 19-year-old is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl he met while she was staying at the lodge with her family, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

“The assault occurred in the suspect’s car on a roadside nearby,” according to a sheriff’s office news release. “The victim got into the suspect’s car and the two left the property. The sexual contact was not consensual and the victim did sustain minor injuries.”

The lifeguard, identified by the sheriff’s office as Alex Eduardo Salazar, was arrested Tuesday at Rochester High School where he is a senior. He was taken to the Thurston County Jail, where he’ll face a charge of third-degree Rape of a Child.

“Everyone at the lodge is taking this very seriously,” said Great Wolf Lodge Communications Director Susan Storey. “We want our guest to know they are safe when they visit the lodge. Safety is first and foremost for the lodge.”

Salazar was hired in June 2012, and he passed the background check. Storey told KOIN 6 News that Salazar no longer works for Great Wolf Lodge, and said this is the first time management was made aware of “anything relating to this employee.”

Thurston County detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying any other potential victims. Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s Office of Investigative Services Division at 360.786.5500 or CrimeStoppers at 360-493-2222.
   
– The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com, contributed to this KOIN.com report.

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