Arishi pleads innocent to rape and child molestation of 15-year old girl

COLFAX, WA - A Pullman man accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met online has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and child molestation.

Abdullatif Arishi, 40, was arrested earlier this month, and he was arraigned at the Whitman County Courthouse Friday morning. He pleaded not guilty to child rape in the third-degree, and two accounts of child molestation in the third-degree.

According to court documents, Arishi met the 15-year-old victim on a dating website called "Badoo" and the two met in person on several occasions in February. Court documents state he used the name 'Alex Anderson' and told the victim he wanted to take her back to his country.

Arishi is out of jail out bail and his jury trial is scheduled for July 21st.