Edgar Hansen, one of the stars on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, pleaded guilty in court late last week to the sexual abuse of a 16-year old.
According to The Seattle Times, Hansen confessed to a charge of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation on Friday.
In exchange for his plea, he received a 364-day suspended prison sentence and was ordered to undergo a sexual deviance evaluation.
He also received two years’ probation and various fees and fines totaling $ 1,653, with an additional $ 4,800 fine suspended, court records show.
Hansen will not serve any time behind bars.
The 47-year old fisherman is the deck boss and key crew member of a Seattle-based crabbing boat helmed by his older brother, Sig Hansen.
The siblings have risen to fame and fortune due to their popular Discovery Channel reality series.
As for the details of this ugly case?
A 16-year-old girl told her therapist in October of last year that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a suburban Seattle home on September 30, 2017.
The aforementioned newspaper cited a probable-cause affidavit filed in Snohomish County District Court to back up this allegation.
This teenager also relayed to the police these same allegations.
In a brief handwritten statement accompanying his guilty plea, Hansen acknowledged “touching [the victim’s] private areas … for the purpose of my own sexual gratification.”
“I committed this assault… I am very sorry for that conduct and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”
The victim (unnamed because she is a minor) said Hansen “kissed her on the lips, touched her vagina and had her touch his penis,” prosecutors said in their probable cause affidavit.
Investigators also spoke with Hansen’s wife, who said she “confronted him” after learning of the abuse.
He “initially denied” it, but “eventually admitted that he kissed [the victim] and touched her inappropriately.”
Edgar Hansen’s guilty plea comes just weeks after his famous brother, Sig, was sentenced to probation for spitting on an Uber driver last year.
This Deadliest Catch caption was given a deferred sentence, ordered to undergo alcohol treatment and placed on a year of probation.
Sig told People Magazine at the time that he was “terribly sorry” and “very embarrassed” for his role in this incident.
Sig Hansen is also currently awaiting a decision from the state Court of Appeals over a King County judge’s ruling that would allow a sexual-abuse lawsuit brought by his estranged daughter, Melissa Eckstrom, to proceed to trial.
He has denied her claims referring to Eckstrom’s law suit “an old-fashioned shakedown.”
Also of note, in regard to Deadliest Catch, Blake Painter, a former captain on the show, died in May of a suspected drug overdose.
Neither Hansen sibling nor any Discovery Channel representative has spoken yet on Edgar Hansen’s crime.