A Call for Witnesses: Survivors of Sexual Perpetrator Buckland Darrell
Buckland Darrell of Redmond, Washington, was arrested on April 11, 2023, on four additional counts of first-degree child molestation involving three new victims, one of whom was about 5 years old when the abuse began in late 2016, according to prosecutors. The three new victims are brothers who attended the same LDS church as Darrell. Darrell was previously arrested in March on similar charges. (More information about those charges, and Buckland Darrell’s alleged history of sexual abuse are detailed in the rest of this article.) PCVA is seeking witnesses who have information about Buckland Darrell and his alleged history of sexual abuse. If you or someone you know has information that can assist in our investigation, please contact us.
On March 15, 2023, Redmond Police Department detectives arrested Buckland Darrell on charges of first-degree child molestation in two separate cases. Reports indicate that Darrell used his position in the Hartman Park Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) to enact his abuse. The victims were both boys under the age of 10 at the time of the alleged abuse. Authorities believe there are potentially more victims who have yet to come forward.
PCVA is putting a call out to witnesses who have additional information about Buckland Darrell and any allegations of sexual abuse he may have perpetrated. If you or someone you know has further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Below are frequently asked questions about Darrell as well as information about sexual abuse laws in Washington State.
What are the allegations against Buckland Darrell?
Police arrested Buckland Darrell on allegations that he sexually abused two young boys under the age of 10. The first crime reportedly took place in 2020, in which he molested a 6-year-old boy while sitting next to him in church service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Redmond, according to court documents. In 2022, Darrell was arrested and charged with a second incident of child molestation in which he allegedly abused a boy in the child’s own bedroom while attending a Thanksgiving celebration at the victim’s home. According to court documents, Darrell “took advantage of the hospitality of the child victim’s family to gain access to sexually assault the child.”
How did Buckland Darrell gain access to children?
Many perpetrators of sexual abuse find their victims through community involvement, including youth sports, after-school programs and church activities. They will often groom their victims in order to gain their trust, which they then exploit to enact the abuse. When looking at the allegations against Buckland Darrell, he appears to have very much followed this pattern.
According to news reports, Darrell has attended many church events and gatherings with young children present. Authorities say he would befriend a child’s family to gain access to the child, which would then create the opportunity for sexual assault.
How can sexual abuse survivors seek damages?
Our attorneys have been involved in some of the most complicated and concerning sexual abuse cases in the country and are often consulted by other law firms for guidance when representing sexual abuse survivors. We take a trauma-informed approach to our representation that acknowledges the sensitive nature of these cases.
Every case is different and our prior results – which depend on the facts of the case – cannot be guaranteed. However, we will fight to hold accountable the institutions and individuals who failed to protect survivors. Through our efforts, we have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages on behalf of abuse survivors. While no amount of monetary compensation can erase the trauma of abuse, the financial assistance can help pay for necessary expenses to allow the healing process to begin.
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- $25M Settlement Reached in Olympia Early Learning Center Sex Abuse Lawsuit
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- Seattle Archdiocese Pays $1.3 Million Settle Sexual Abuse Lawsuit