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A 72-year-old man has been scheduled to appear today in Walla Walla County Superior Court in connection with multiple child sex crimes including first-degree child rape.

Manuel Ramos-Mejia, of Kennewick, was arrested Thursday in Kennewick by Walla Walla police and taken to the Walla Walla County Jail for investigation of sexually assaulting, several times, a 16-year-old girl he knew years ago in Walla Walla.

His first appearance was continued from Friday to today because he needed an interpreter.

Emily Thornton can be reached at or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.