Firefighter's EMT license suspended for alleged rape of teen

Michael James Sulak, 53, continues to await trial on three counts of rape of a child in the third degree and one count of unlawful harboring of a minor


The Bellingham Herald

LYNDEN, Wash. — A Seattle firefighter's emergency medical license has been suspended for five years after he admitted to "sexual misconduct" with a 15-year-old Lynden girl, the state Department of Health announced Friday, July 25.

Michael James Sulak, 53, of Ferndale, continues to await trial on three counts of rape of a child in the third degree and one count of unlawful harboring of a minor.

He's accused of raping the girl once at Meridian High School — where they were performing in a community-theater musical together — once in a camper outside his home, and once in his truck by a fire station in Queen Anne.

Sulak confirmed the girl's account of what happened. The girl told a detective that she ran away from home to be with Sulak in Seattle, according to charging papers. Detectives found text messages between Sulak and the girl in which they talked about being in love.

Sulak had been a Seattle firefighter for 15 years.

On Friday, the Department of Health announced Sulak would be suspended for the next five years from serving as an EMT.

Earlier this month, Sulak waived his right to a speedy trial in Whatcom County Superior Court. His next criminal court hearing has been set for Oct. 1. He posted $50,000 bond within hours of his arrest in February.

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