Forks officer arrested in second-degree child rape investigation

FORKS — A Forks police officer has been arrested on investigation of second-degree rape of a child.

Officer Erik A. Hanson, 33, was arrested Thursday. He posted $5,000 bail Friday, and will be formally charged Tuesday in Clallam County Superior Court.

Acting on a request from Forks Police Chief Mike Powell, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Bureau investigated for three months before the arrest, said Sergeant Lyman Moores of the sheriff’s department.

The investigation revealed e-mail and phone correspondence between Hanson and the 12-year-old girl, Moores said.

“We did the investigation like we conduct any other investigation of that type,” Moores said.

Powell contacted the sheriff’s department in February after the Forks girl said that inappropriate sexual contact had occurred while the officer was off-duty.

“We were advised of the allegations,” Moores said. “We then interviewed the victim and conducted the investigation.”

Powell did not return a call seeking comment.

Court documents say the alleged crime occurred on Aug. 12 in a secluded area in Forks.

According to state law, second degree rape of a child occurs when a person has sexual intercourse with someone who is at least 12 years old but under 14, and who is not married to the perpetrator. The perpetrator must be 36 months older than the victim.

Hanson was serving in Iraq with the National Guard Reserves during the investigation.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-417-3537 or at rob.ollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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