Police: Suspect in child rape built basement 'sex dungeon'

Police: Suspect in child rape built basement 'sex dungeon'

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima police say they have identified more potential underage victims of Travis Padgett, the Yakima man at the center of a disturbing child rape investigation.

As of now, he's accused of having sex with a child nearly 50 times.

So, who is this man accused of such terrible things?

Under the alias of Travis McDougal, Padgett's Facebook page shows a man who seems to have it together.

Padgett is a paralegal who works for the Association of Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to his Facebook.

"Looks like a normal guy. Carry on a job, have communication with the public and nobody would probably think any different," said Capt. Rod Light, Yakima police spokesperson.

Police said the 39-year-old was living another life few people saw down in his basement. Investigators said it was a room for sex crimes.

"I mean that's how some are coining it as being a sex dungeon," Light said.

Police got their first look at the basement after arresting Padgett for having sex with a child nearly 50 times. That's when officers say they found a 14 year-old girl.

Detectives say she's from Seattle but won't explain comment on how she got there.

This all came to light when the first child went to a student resource officer.

"May have reached his breaking point," Light said. "That he couldn't deal with it anymore."

Court documents indicate Padgett made the child "participate in sex acts with the females."

They also stated the kid was "frequently exposed to pornography while engaging in the various sex acts."

Yakima police say this case is one of the worst of the worst but the investigation is far from over; detectives say they've identified more potential underage victims that have come forward.

Danielle Surkatty is a human trafficking advocate in the Yakima Valley and said the case raises red flags.

"Where's the line between child exploitation and trafficking?" KIMA asked.

"Where you can draw the line is between child exploitation and trafficking is whether or not there was any kind of financial gain," Surkatty said.

That could be money or drugs. Other experts say kids subjected to this are often videotaped.

Yakima detectives can't confirm whether this is a case of human trafficking. They're analyzing computers taken from Padgett's home.

A lawyer for the Association of Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Padgett was a temporary employee, not full-time.

Action News has not disclosed the age or gender of the child involved in this case to help protect the victim's identity.