Rockland, ME — A highly-decorated veteran deputy of the Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office was indicted this week on 21 counts related to the alleged sexual assaults of multiple young girls throughout his career in law enforcement.
Deputy Kenneth L. Hatch III, 46, was originally arrested last June on multiple counts of sexual abuse against one girl. However, on Tuesday, as reported by Bangor Daily News, a Knox County grand jury indicted Hatch on 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of unlawful sexual contact and eight counts of aggravated furnishing of marijuana in connection with alleged incidents against three victims.
One of his alleged victims was a six-year-old girl whom over the years was repeatedly violated by this monster.
In 2004, according to court records, Hatch is accused of sexually assaulting the young girl. According to Assistant Attorney General John Risler, who presented the case to the grand jury, the indictments allege Hatch continued to sexually assault the same girl and provided her with marijuana into her teen years.
According to the report in Bangor Daily News:
In an affidavit filed in June in Wiscasset Unified Criminal Court, Detective Peter Lizanecz of the Maine attorney general’s office wrote that the teen told Augusta police in May that when she was 14 years old, Hatch offered her marijuana in exchange for sex in the back seat of his cruiser.
The young girl also alleged that as a child Hatch would give her cigarettes, alcohol, money, and marijuana as he continued to rape her in the back of his patrol car, while on duty.
Not only was he raping young girls, but this highly decorated deputy was using his police powers to give them drugs. According to court records, the victim testified that Hatch gave her marijuana from a plastic bag marked “EVIDENCE” that matched the same bags used by the sheriff’s office.
During his more than a decade of sexual assault on children, Hatch was the recipient of the department’s highest honor.
After joining the department, Hatch was named Deputy of the Year. Also, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett, Hatch was presented with a meritorious award in 2015 — two years after the young girl came forward detailing her sexual abuse by Hatch.
“Deputy Hatch and Deputy 1st Class Brian Collamore’s compassion, skills, and professionalism are a testament to their commitment to the people of Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office,” Brackett said at the time, according to the Lincoln County News.
Did Hatch have the wool pulled over the eyes of his department, or were they willing to let these accusations slide to protect their reputation?
Officers of the year, as the Free Thought Project has pointed out time and again, raping, murdering, and molesting, is nothing new. However, seeing them receive justice is.