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Case Number: 2:19-cr-00095-JCC
Judge: John C. Coughenour
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (King County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Seattle, Washington sexual abuse of a minor charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Brandon Charles Hatch, age 32, who was charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old female tribal member in 2018.
The minor’s guardian spoke eloquently about how Hatch’s actions harmed a member of the next generation of his Tribal community. The guardian directed her comments to Hatch stating, “You groomed, seduced, and sexualized a child and created a chaos that will take years, a lifetime to undo…took one of your own people, our Indigenous girls after you were told to stop and used her for your own sexual gratification.”
According to records filed in the case, between March and November 2018, Hatch sexually abused the female teen, who was just 14 years old. Hatch knew the teen’s age and lured her with heroin and meth to continue to have access to her. He was confronted by his mother and others about the abuse, and he ignored them. Hatch was arrested in May 2019. He pleaded guilty in December 2020.
Hatch is prohibited from having contact with the victim or other children during the period of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Tulalip Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ye-Ting Woo and Chantelle Dial.
Sexual Abuse of a Minor - 18:2243(a), 2246(2)(A), and 1153
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 36 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons; followed by 5 years Supervised Release with Mandatory, Standard and Special conditions as set forth in the judgment; Fine Waived, Special Assessment of $100.00 per count