“Deadliest Catch” star Edgar Hansen will not face jail time after pleading guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a teenage girl, The Seattle Times reported.
Hansen, 47, who co-stars on the Discovery reality series with his brother Sig Hansen, reached a plea deal with Snohomish County prosecutors in which he faces a 364-day suspended jail sentence and court fines and fees of $1,653, in addition to a sexual deviancy evaluation and giving a DNA sample to authorities, according to court documents obtained by the paper.
Mountlake Terrace resident Hansen pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation on Wednesday, saying in his written statement that he “committed this assault for the purpose of my own sexual gratification.”
“On September 30, 2017, in Snohomish County, Washington, I did intentionally assault a person who is identified in this case as Jane Doe by Kissing Jane Doe and by touching Jane Doe’s private areas,” Hansen’s written statement said. “I committed this assault for the purpose of my own sexual gratification. I am very sorry for that conduct and for the harm I have caused Jane Doe and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”
As the Times reported, 16-year-old “Jane Doe” told her therapist that Hansen had assaulted her last September.
Hansen’s lawyer, Todd Maybrown, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Deputy prosecuting attorney Matthew Baldock could not be reached. Discovery, which airs “Deadliest Catch,” declined to comment.
Hansen is the relief skipper and deck boss of the “Northwestern,” and is described in his bio as his brother’s “right-hand man.” Hansen appears in the current season, which ends with a two-hour season finale Tuesday at 9/8c.
The younger Hansen isn’t the only one to face problems with the law. Sig Hansen received probation last month for assaulting an Uber Driver, and has been accused by his estranged daughter of sexual abuse.