News Item: (USA) Wash. cop arrested in child rape case
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Sunday 26 April 2009 - 10:24:11

FORKS, Wash. - A Forks police officer has been arrested for 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 Sgt. 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.

Powell contacted the sheriff's department in February after the Forks girl said that inappropriate sexual contact had occurred.

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

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

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

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