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Deadliest Catch co-star Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teen girl in September. But, because of a plea deal he quietly reached with Snohomish County prosecutors last week, he will face no jail time.
According to court docs — first obtained by The Seattle Times and published on Monday — the the reality star received a 364-day suspended jail sentence, was ordered to pay court fines and fees of $1,653 and must undergo a sexual-deviancy evaluation and treatment.
Deadliest Catch viewers know Hansen as the deck boss of the Northwestern, the Seattle-based crabbing boat he navigated through the Bering Sea with older brother Sig Hansen. The brothers rose to fame with their co-starring roles on the long-running Discovery Channel series, with Edgar Hansen appearing less frequently than show captain Sig Hansen throughout the show’s 14 seasons.
According to a probable-cause affidavit filed in Snohomish County District Court last weekend, Hansen’s victim — a 16-year-old female identified as “Jane Doe” — told her therapist in October that Hansen had sexually assaulted her on Sept. 30 at a home in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
On Wednesday, Hansen admitted he intentionally kissed and touched the victim. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.
“I committed this assault for the purpose of my own sexual gratification,” Hansen said in a handwritten statement, per the Seattle Times. “I am very sorry for that conduct, and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Discovery Channel for comment.
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