A Longview man who once wrote a children’s book on the limits of touching appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on an accusation he raped an unconscious Vancouver woman who was on the verge of death from a drug and alcohol overdose.
Vancouver police were called at 9:49 a.m. Dec. 27 to a residence at 1558 S.E. Cutter Lane to investigate the death of a 29-year-old woman.
A police detective found an intoxicated Ivan L. Pedersen, 33, sitting in his underwear on a couch on the second floor of the woman’s home, according to court documents.
The documents indicate Pedersen told police that he had consumed alcohol and cocaine with the victim at her residence. After she passed out or fell asleep on her bed, he raped her, according to the report. She didn’t wake up during the rape, but he claimed she physically responded, according to the documents.
Under state law, sex with an unconscious person is considered rape because he or she is unable to give consent.
The alleged crime may have happened either late Dec. 26 or early Dec. 27, according to court documents.
The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the woman died accidentally from cocaine and alcohol intoxication. Her blood alcohol level was about 0.10 percent, according to court documents.
Pedersen is a registered nurse at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview. Randy Querin, a hospital spokesman, said Pedersen was still employed and had not been placed on leave as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.
But he said that the hospital had just received the information that Pedersen faces charges in the case.
Pedersen lives with his wife and children in Longview.
According to Daily News archives, in 2002, when Pedersen worked for AmeriCorps, he wrote and illustrated “Billy and His Huggable Friends,” designed to teach preschoolers the boundaries of affection.
He is a 1998 graduate of Wahkiakum High School, where he played on the football team, and he served on a Latter-day Saints mission to South Africa.
Pedersen faces a charge of second-degree rape at his Feb. 8 arraignment.
Judge Scott Collier set bail at $40,000. Pedersen plans to retain his own attorney because his income as a registered nurse disqualifies him from the option of a court-appointed one.
Leslie Slape of The Daily News contributed to this report.
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