- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - A 63-year-old St. Maries, Idaho, man accused of molesting a seriously ill boy at a Seattle hospital met the family more than a year ago at a gym near their Eastern Washington home and became increasingly involved in the boy’s life, King County prosecutors say.

The 11-year-old boy developed a life-threatening illness and he and his family came to Seattle Children’s hospital for treatment earlier this year, prosecutors said in court papers. The Idaho man followed, joining the boy and his father in housing provided for families who must travel to get care for an ill child, the documents said.

The family had come to regard the man as a “life coach and personal trainer” to the boy, a Seattle police detective wrote in documents filed in court.

The detective said that after receiving reports from hospital nurses, investigators came to believe the man was molesting the boy while claiming to provide massages and other care, Seattlepi.com reported (https://is.gd/0rildM ).

John Hudspeth has been charged with first-degree child molestation and is jailed in Seattle on $100,000 bail. It was not known late Friday whether he was represented by a lawyer.

Hudspeth has been known to spend time in the Tri-Cities.

A hospital spokeswoman declined comment.

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Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, https://www.seattlepi.com/


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