The following article was brought to our attention by a friend and her comment was “I thought my brain would fall out of my head when I read this story. Is this enabling at its worst?”
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By Associated Press and KING 5 News
Posted on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 AM
Updated Thursday, May 9 at 11:04 AM
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The teenage son of a Washington state senator has pleaded guilty to rape after a younger boy reported incidents that occurred at the senator’s home.
Court records in Lewis County show that the 15-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday to four charges of child molestation and four charges raping a child.
The 11-year-old victim in the case told authorities that the older boy had abused him at a home in Raymond owned by state Sen. Brian Hatfield and another home in Chehalis. The records say that Hatfield became aware of the abuse in mid-February and had worked to keep the boys apart but did not report the matter to authorities.
DID NOT REPORT THE MATTER TO THE AUTHORITIES????
The State Senator heard about it from his wife in February but “did not talk to his son about it”? Then hired his son an attorney?
I am appalled that any parent would call an attorney to represent his son, and use the excuse of the boy having a “difficult” life because his mother died when he was young and that’s what caused him to repeatedly rape a younger child?
Young offenders may have a chance for redemption with counseling and consequences, but for any parent to try to cover up a serious crime that their child has committed is beyond the pale. Any citizen is required by both law and morals to report any crime that they are aware of, and in the case of child abuse, much less child rape, for this man to have failed to report this crime immediately is unbelievable.
No one wants to think that their child could be guilty of any violation of the law, much less a serious one like rape, but it is the duty of any person who is aware of a crime to report it. For a person who is an elected official and well aware of these laws, for him to hire an attorney and state that he did not have “direct knowledge” of this crime as an excuse for him to not report it is political double speak at its finest.
For the sake of his son, he should have immediately reported it, and then hired an attorney if he thought it was necessary, but to pretend to keep himself at arm’s length from full knowledge of the crime that “his wife told him about” and I do believe it is a pretense. I can’t imagine any parent who was told that Junior committed a rape that he would not immediately talk to the adolescent about it, and hide behind an attorney and let Junior hide behind an attorney. All this is teaching the child is that “daddy has connections and is using the law to get me off with a slap on the wrist and some counseling.”
If you knew of a crime and did not report it, you could be charged with “accessory after the fact” by failing to report it. I think this man is guilty of that crime and should himself face the consequences for his behavior. I hope at the very least that the people who vote in that area will throw him out of office. If it had been your son he had knowledge of committing a rape and child molestation, you can bet your eye teeth he would have reported YOUR SON as quickly as possible.
Stories like this make my blood boil (can you tell?) and while I understand the agony of knowing that your son has committed criminal acts is painful, to try to help that young man get out of the consequences of his behavior is not in the best interest of the young man, and secondly it is morally reprehensible in my opinion.