Wash. senator’s son to enter sex offender program

Brian Hatfield
Washington Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, is shown in the foreground at a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing in Olympia, Wash. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The son of a Washington state senator has been sentenced to participate in a two-year sex offender treatment program.

KIRO-TV reports that Democratic Sen. Brian Hatfield’s 15-year-old son was sentenced earlier this week in Lewis County. The teenager had pleaded guilty to four charges of child molestation and four charges of raping a child after a younger boy reported a series of incidents that occurred at the lawmaker’s home.

The records say that Hatfield became aware of the abuse in mid-February, and authorities learned of the problems two months later after school officials reported that a student had disclosed details of sexual abuse.

After the sentencing, defense attorney Cristine Beckwith told KIRO-TV the senator did not make a report to authorities because he did not know specifics of what had occurred.

— Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html

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