State senator's son arrested for rape

by: Richard Thompson Updated:

Sen. Brian Hatfield, a Democrat, has served in the state Legislature since 1994. He represents people in southwest Washington, and now his 14-year-old son is facing charges of rape and child molestation.

According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, the senator's 14-year-old son sexually assaulted a juvenile victim.

Brady Hatfield is facing four counts of first-degree rape of child, and four counts of first-degree child molestation.

The crimes allegedly occurred between November 2012 to February 2013.

Court documents indicated the sexual assaults happened at one home in Lewis County and a house in Pacific County.

Prosecutors believe in  February, the victim's mother walked in on inappropriate contact between the two boys.

The victim told his mother about "numerous times of abuse."

According to court documents, the victim's mother shared that information with Sen. Hatfield, but neither she nor Sen. Hatfield called to report the allegations to police.

It was two and a half months later when another child at one the boy's schools learned what happened and reported it to an adult who informed authorities.

The victim's mother then told police that Sen. Hatfield had been attempting to enter his son Brady into therapy and would also be contacting authorities in Lewis County.

The victim however admitted no call to police had ever been made.     

KIRO 7 attempted to reach Sen. Hatfield for comment about the allegations against his son and to ask why police had never been notified, but we have been unable to reach him.

Brady Hatfield has refused to speak to detectives on advice of his attorney.  Brady has been released to the custody of his father but is expected back in the Lewis County juvenile court next week.