County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a level 2 sex offender with child molestation, according to documents filed in Kitsap County Superior Court.
Michael J. Alderman Sr., 36, is alleged to have molested a 7-year-old girl while baby-sitting her for approximately the last three months, Bremerton police said in court documents.
The girl's mother said her daughter had told her she'd been tickled while her mother was away in the evenings at meetings. When the mother asked more questions, the girl said she couldn't say any more or she would "get into trouble," police said.
The woman said she knew Alderman because he had done some auto repairs for her in the past.
Police confirmed Tuesday that Alderman was a level 2 sex offender. Sex offenders are rated on a scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being the most likely to reoffend.
All sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement, but the community isn't notified of the presence of level 2 sex offenders.
Alderman was found guilty of sexual assault of a child in 1999 in Nebraska and that he failed to register as a sex offender in Florida in 2006.
Investigators said the 7-year-old was allegedly choked briefly on occasion and told not to disclose the incidents.
Alderman remains in the Kitsap County jail on $500,000 bail.