Trail date set for former Langley businessman accused of child rape

A former Langley man who ran a public relations firm on South Whidbey is slated to go to trial on child rape charges on April 5.

Prosecutors recently amended the charges against Jonathan Sage, 33, to four counts of the rape of a child with aggravating factors. If a jury finds the aggravating factors exist, they would allow the judge to sentence Sage beyond the standard sentencing range.

Specifically, the four aggravating factors allege that the crimes were part of ongoing patterns of sexual abuse against the same underaged victims; that he established a relationship with the victims for the purpose of victimization; that he used a position of trust to facilitate the crimes; and that he displayed an egregious lack of remorse.

Sage is accused of raping two boys numerous times in 2010 and 2013, when the victims were 12 to 13 years old, according to Island County court documents.

The boys, who now live in another county, reported to detectives that abuse started after they drank alcohol with Sage and that the assaults occurred regularly for years, the police report states.

The boys’ father confronted Sage, who allegedly asked him not to report the matter to police and “promised that the family would not hear from him anymore,” the detective wrote in his report.

Sage owned a company called Northwest Public Relations, which created promotional videos for businesses and non-profit organizations, among them Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation and Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism.