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Eatonville firefighter commits suicide after allegations of child molestation surface

Scott Hamrick, a former lieutenant with Central Pierce Fire & Rescue committed suicide in 2011 after allegations of a lengthy pattern of child molestation came to light. Hamrick’s wife, Drew Ann, and his son, Justin, have both been charged with trying to cover up the incidents.

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hamrick child abuseTACOMA — Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Washington State Trooper Justin Hamrick with two counts of failure to report child abuse. State law requires that any law enforcement officer that has knowledge of child abuse report it immediately.

“Our mandatory reporting laws exist to help protect our children,” Lindquist said in a statement released Wednesday. “Law enforcement officers in particular are expected to follow our laws.”

On. Dec. 27, Hamrick appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released on his own recognizance.

In 2011, Hamrick allegedly learned that his father, Scott Hamrick, had been molesting his two stepsisters for five years. He reportedly asked his mother, Drew Ann Hamrick, to report the incident to police, but she did not and she was charged in August 2011 with trying to cover up her husband’s alleged crimes. She pleaded guilty to three counts of tampering with a witness and one count of unlawful imprisonment and was sentenced to one year in prison.

After he allegedly learned of the abuse, Justin Hamrick spoke with his brothers about the incident and after a few weeks, his older brother told him to report the abuse or he would call the police, Lindquist said. At that point, Justin finally contacted police.

During an investigation, the two girls, then 12 and 14 years old, told police that Scott Hamrick began abusing them when they were five or six years old. They also told investigators that Drew Ann Hamrick physically abused them. Scott Hamrick’s other two daughters told police they had been abused by him when they were younger.

Before the investigation was completed, Scott Hamrick, a former Pierce County firefighter, killed himself.

Justin Hamrick is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 24. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.


 

hamrick child abuseA mother is supposed to protect her children, but a Pierce County woman is accused of doing just the opposite.

Drew Ann Hamrick, 51, the wife of a former lieutenant with Central Pierce Fire & Rescue who committed suicide after accusations of child molestation, has been charged with trying to cover up her husband’s alleged crimes. She was booked into Pierce County jail at 9:15 p.m. on August 10.

When 48-year-old Scott Hamrick took his life June 30, he was under investigation for molesting his adopted daughters, one who was 12 years old.

Prosecutors said they saw his suicide as an admission of guilt, so when information surfaced that his wife allegedly tried to cover-up his suspected crimes, prosecutors began to pursue charges against her.

Thursday Drew was arraigned on charges of unlawful imprisonment, two counts of tampering with a witness and fourth degree criminal mistreatment.

From the outside it seemed like an all-American family: Scott and Drew Hamrick and the foster children they had adopted, but investigators believe the young girls endured the unthinkable at the hands of the man they called dad.

The abuse first came to light when the Hamrick’s biological sons told the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department that their mother had told them of their father’s molestation of their sisters.

“This case is disturbing because there were multiple victims and there were people who had knowledge and didn’t do anything about it,” said Pierce County detective Ed Troyer.

When one of the girls told someone about the alleged sexual abuse, court documents state that the Hamricks tried to coerce her to change her story.

“Why do you hate your dad? It’s not like he raped you, he just touched you,” Drew reportedly said to one of the girls, court documents reveal.

The girl was also allegedly made to promise she would not tell what happened to her.

Investigators found out that the two youngest victims, 12 and 14 years old, said that Scott had begun sexually abusing them when they were five or six years old. The abuse did not end until the girls went to live with a relatives in early 2011.

The Hamrick’s two older daughters also said that Scott had sexually abused them when they were young.

“We have charged the wife with every crime we can prove,” Pierce County prosectuting attorney Mark Lindquist said.

Lindquist said that one of the girls was locked in a room without a bathroom or bed and had to share the floor with dogs and puppies.

If convicted, Drew faces up to 15 years in prison.

scott hamrickA Pierce County woman has been charged with trying to cover up her husband’s crimes which include child molestation. Her husband, a 27-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, committed suicide in June when the investigation into his alleged crimes first came to light.

Scott Hamrick of Eatonville was under investigation for molesting his two adopted daughters aged 12 and 14. The family had eight children and served as foster parents for children with special needs.

“We have charged the wife, Drew Ann Hamrick, with every crime we can prove,” Mark Lindquist, prosecuting attorney said.

“We`ve charged her with tampering with the witness.  We charged her with unlawful imprisonment, locked in that room, no bathroom, no bed, sharing the floor with dogs,” he said.

The girls tried to tell someone about the abuse and the Hamricks coached her to change her story, according to court document.

“This case is disturbing because there multiple victims. [She] had knowledge and didn`t do anything about it,” Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hamrick was a fixture in the community and, in a written statement, his fellow firefighters and fire chief said they were shocked.

Drew Ann Hamrick has been charged with two counts of tampering with a witness, one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of criminal mistreatment.

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