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May 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Teen son of state senator pleads guilty to rape of a child

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — The son of a Washington state senator has pleaded guilty to rape after a younger child reported incidents that occurred at the lawmaker’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 of raping a child.

The victim in the case told authorities that the abuse took place in Sen. Brian Hatfield’s home in Raymond, Pacific County,  and another home in Chehalis.

The records say that Hatfield became aware of the abuse in mid-February and had worked to keep his son and the child apart but did not report the matter to authorities.

An attorney for Hatfield said in a statement that the lawmaker was in the process of setting up appropriate counseling for his son. The son was then planning to turn himself in to authorities.

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