Washington rape case linked to state senator’s home

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – A teenager has pleaded guilty to rape after a younger boy reported incidents that occurred at a Washington state 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.

Lewis County investigators first began examining the issue two weeks ago after school officials reported that a student has disclosed details of sexual abuse.

Hatfield did not return a call seeking comment.