An Idaho man with ties to the Tri-Cities is accused of molesting a gravely ill 11-year-old boy at a Seattle hospital, King County prosecutors said.
John S. Hudspeth faces a first-degree child molestation charge after he was allegedly caught inappropriately touching the boy at Seattle Children's Hospital, according to Seattlepi.com.
The boy was being treated at the hospital.
Hudspeth reportedly met the boy and his family more than a year ago at a Richland gym.
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The boy's parents in July asked a Benton County Superior Court judge for a temporary anti-harassment order against Hudspeth because of "alarming accusations," documents show.
"Based on my observations John's behavior is consistent with grooming behaviors," the boy's mother wrote.
However, Judge Bruce Spanner denied the order of protection because the petition didn't list dates or specific incidents of harassment.
Seattlepi.com reported Hudspeth followed the boy to Seattle earlier this year when he arrived there for treatment of a life-threatening illness. Prior to that, Hudspeth had spent more than a year "coaching" the boy.
The family regarded Hudspeth as a "life coach and personal trainer" to the boy, spending hours with him several days a week, according to Seattlepi.com.
He even moved into a Ronald McDonald house the boy was staying at while he received treatment.
In late June, a nurse was making her rounds when she discovered Hudspeth rubbing massage oil on the boy. Both were shirtless.
The nurse reported the incident to her supervisor, who later told investigators she'd never seen something like that in her six years at Children's.
Later that evening, another nurse came upon an even more alarming scene, finding Hudspeth stripped to his "tighty whiteys," alone in the boy's room. The nurse reported that incident to her supervisor.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident.
Investigators later came to believe Hudspeth was molesting the boy while claiming he was providing massages or otherwise caring for him.
Hudspeth is held at the King County jail on $100,000 bail.