BIG BREAKING NEWS – CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP DIRECTOR GUILTY: Former Christian youth camp director pleads guilty to voyeurism, domestic violence [#DavidMarkSaugen] 05/04
The former director of Tall Timber Ranch near Lake Wenatchee pleaded guilty Monday to charges of felony voyeurism and domestic assault, and now faces a possible sentence of time served and registration as a sex offender.
David Mark Saugen, 45, of Plain, Washington State spent 96 days in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center after his arrest Sept. 30, 2020 and prosecutors say he should be sentenced to time already served when he next appears in court May 26, 2021.
Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt ordered David Mark Saugen’s bond exonerated after deputy prosecutor Julia Hartnell said she would not ask for him to be detained before sentencing.
The camp, affiliated with the Northwest Coast Presbyterian Church, hosts Bible-based retreats for children and young people.
David Mark Saugen’s crimes did not take place at the camp.
After David Mark Saugen’s confession but prior to his arrest, the managing board placed him on administrative leave and barred him from the grounds, and later dismissed him.
David Mark Saugen pleaded to first-degree voyeurism, a Class C felony in Washington State, and fourth-degree assault with a domestic violence components, a gross misdemeanor.
David Mark Saugen has no prior criminal convictions.
The voyeurism charge carries a standard sentencing range of 2 to 6 months in jail.
Julia Hartnell said at sentencing, she’ll recommend Travis Brandt impose a year’s supervision by the Department of Corrections, 5 years’ bench probation, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment.
David Mark Saugen has already undergone a psychosexual evaluation.
Washington State law requires that David Mark Saugen register as a sex offender.
Former Christian youth camp director pleads guilty to voyeurism, domestic violence: