A star of the show “The Deadliest Catch” pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl but will avoid jail time.
In a plea deal, Edgar Hansen was sentenced to a 364-day suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay fines and fees totaling $1,653, the Seattle Times first reported. Hansen will not see the inside of a jail cell, but will have to submit a DNA sample and undergo sexual-deviancy treatment.
The reality-TV fisherman admitted in court last Wednesday to kissing and touching a 16-year-old, and was charged with fourth degree assault with sexual motivation, according to court documents obtained by the Times.
“I committed this assault for the purpose of my own sexual gratification,” the fisherman wrote in a court statement. “I am very sorry for that conduct and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”
The 47-year-old grew famous alongside his brother while they both starred on the Discovery Channel’s reality-TV show “The Deadliest Catch.” In the show, Sig Hansen, Edgar’s older brother, is the captain of the fishing vessel and Edgar works as the deck boss.
The younger Hansen’s guilty plea comes just weeks after his brother was hit with a one-year deferred sentence for assaulting an Uber driver last year, the Seattle Times reported.
Much of Hansen’s court case was handled behind the scenes, and his first public appearance was when he pleaded guilty on Wednesday, according to the Times. He was sentenced by a judge just two days after pleading guilty.
In the probable cause affidavit obtain by the Times, the teen victim was identified only as “Jane Doe.” The victim admitted to telling her therapist about the assault in October, stating that Hansen had abused her at her home in Washington on Sept. 30, 2017.
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