Port Angeles man sentenced for sexually abusing granddaughter

PORT ANGELES — An 83-year-old Port Angeles man has been sentenced to almost eight years in prison for the sexual abuse of his granddaughter.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson on Tuesday sentenced William Walter Lattin to 93 months in prison for one count of rape of a child in the first degree and one count of child molestation in the first degree.

The sentence followed a jury verdict in October finding Lattin guilty of sexual abuse of the 7-year-old, his granddaughter by marriage.

The abuse happened in July 2021, when the the girl and her parents had traveled from Nevada to visit Lattin and his wife at their home in Port Angeles, the prosecuting attorney’s office said.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Steve Johnson, who advocated a 108-month sentence for Lattin, praised the girl for her bravery in testifying against her relative.

“She showed amazing courage testifying at both a pretrial hearing and at trial with him present in the courtroom,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said that Lattin showed little remorse for the victim or her family.

“There is virtually no evidence that Lattin has taken accountability for his actions,” Johnson said.

In addition to incarceration, Lattin will be on lifetime community custody following his release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Lattin is a certified public accountant who had said he moved to Port Angeles from Las Vegas.

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