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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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Angel Helene Cooper Angel Helene Cooper Monday, July 28, 2014 9:09:30 AM He is suspended for 5 years as of now because there hasn't been a conviction, once it goes to trial and he is convicted he will be permanently stripped of certs
Jeremy Mcclaren Jeremy Mcclaren Monday, July 28, 2014 9:13:50 AM Since he admitted to it should be automatic that he is done. Not wait till trial.
Drew Croy Drew Croy Monday, July 28, 2014 10:33:38 AM Just the admission should get him on moral turpitude and revoke his card.
Bekah Beach Bekah Beach Monday, July 28, 2014 10:57:59 AM He will never be hired anyone once he is convicted so revoking or suspending doesn't make a difference. It's just easier to suspend then permanently revoke and suspending it gives them time to get a conviction. What a waste of space he is - smh :-(
Patrick Coffey Patrick Coffey Monday, July 28, 2014 11:48:26 AM As should happen to him right?!
Jodi Pco Jodi Pco Monday, July 28, 2014 11:50:34 AM Some fireman should keep the pink line on the truck.
Jake Hammonds Jake Hammonds Monday, July 28, 2014 12:09:15 PM Why can men not just realize we are suppose to protect girls like that not just take advantage of him. Just wrong I don't care if he's a EMT or not
William Mclaughlin William Mclaughlin Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:35:39 AM Didn't any of his co=workers ever have a clue? Just sick.
Miz Demeanor Miz Demeanor Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:36:58 AM as Angel Helene Cooper said above, they can't revoke him because he has not been found guilty yet, until he is they can't so they will suspend him pending the outcome. Once he is a convicted felon, THEN they can revoke his certs and they will especially in Washington state
Bekah Beach Bekah Beach Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:51:10 AM That's why I said it gives them time to get a conviction.
Patti Shea Patti Shea Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:02:07 PM That's sick a 53 yr old is in love with a 15 yr old. Give me a break what is this world coming to

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