Senator’s son charged with child rape

The 14-year-old son of state Sen. Brian Hatfield has been charged with four counts of first-degree child rape and four counts of first-degree child molestation in Lewis County.

The teen is accused of assaulting an 11-year-old boy from November 2012 until Feb. 14 of this year, when the younger boy’s mother interrupted an incident.

According to the police report, the mother told Hatfield at that time. She informed detectives Hatfield “told her on several occasions that he was attempting to enter (his son) into therapy and would also be contacting authorities in Lewis County. (The mother) stated that she knows that this has not occurred,” according to the police report.

Neither parent called authorities at that time, and the mother said she had not witnessed any physical contact between the boys, according to the police report. She said her son informed her some contact had occurred, but the boy later told detectives he didn’t reveal the full extent of the abuse at that time.

The two boys had no further contact after the February incident, the boy and his mother told police.

Authorities were not contacted until the boy told someone at his school April 24 about what had happened. When the boy was interviewed by a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective, more serious incidents came to light.

The teen was taken into custody April 25, and released to his father May 2.

Calls to Hatfield for comment were not returned. The Seattle office of the teen’s attorney, Tiffany Archer, reported they will not comment on ongoing cases.

Hatfield, D-Raymond, was re-elected to the Senate last year, and has served the 19th District since he was appointed to the Senate in 2006. He served in the House of Representatives for the 19th District from 1994 to 2004, and also worked for Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and served as an aide to state Sens. Sid Snyder and Arlie DeJarnatt.