Man arrested on suspicion of child molestation after allegations surface

A man was arrested this week after allegations surfaced of him allegedly molesting two children several years ago.

The investigation began in January when the boys’ mother called CPS to report that her sons told her they were molested several years ago. CPS got the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office involved, and the case was investigated by detectives.

The two children were interviewed, and told detectives details about the suspect sexually abusing them over a span of multiple years, according to an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed in Thurston County Superior Court.

Detectives also interviewed the children’s mother, who told the detectives even more disturbing things she had heard from her children about what the suspect had done to them during their childhood.

In March, the suspect was interviewed by detectives with his attorney present. The suspect denied allegations of sexual contact with the two children. A polygraph test was conducted and the suspect failed all relevant questions and was found to be deceitful.

While detectives were speaking with him after his polygraph, the suspect appeared to tear up and asked for his attorney. He was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail on two counts of Child Molestation in the First Degree.

The suspect has been identified as Christopher A. Purvis. Mr. Purvis appeared in court on Wednesday and bail was set at $20,000. He promptly posted bail and has been released. The court ordered him to have no contact with minors, among other release conditions. His arraignment was set for April 27th.

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