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2016

Eric Lee Hatfield Convicted for 23 Counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 14
 
Department:
 
District Attorney

Date:
11/21/2016
Contact:
Nancy Anderson

Phone:
(530) 621-6484

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony conviction of 39 year old ERIC LEE HATFIELD for 11 felony counts of Forcible Penetration of a Person under the Age of 14 years and 12 felony counts of Forcible Oral Copulation of a Person under the age of 14 years.  One of the counts of Forcible Penetration of a Person under the age of 14 years and two of the counts of Forcible Oral Copulation of a Person under the age of 14 years involved the personal use of a shotgun by the defendant.

On November 17, 2016, an El Dorado County jury made up of six men and six women convicted ERIC LEE HATFIELD of 11 Felony counts of Forcible Penetration of a Person under the Age of 14 years and 12 Felony counts of Forcible Oral Copulation of a Person under the age of 14 years, including 3 special allegations of the personal use of a firearm during the commission of the felony.  The jury deliberated three and a half hours after hearing testimony from the minor victim, the victim’s family, members of defendant’s family, the defendant and District Attorney Investigators.  The case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.  After the verdicts, the Honorable Kenneth Melikian remanded the defendant into the El Dorado County jail with no bail pending the January 13, 2017, sentencing hearing. The defendant faces a maximum of 120 years to life in prison.

District Attorney Vern Pierson stated, District Attorney Vern Pierson stated, “The successful prosecution of a dangerous sexual predator is always the product of coordinated teamwork by many professionals. In particular, however, I commend Deputy District Attorney Jamie Pesce for her tireless efforts on behalf of the People of the State of California. ”