PASCO -- A Hanford contractor's criminal case was dismissed after he reached a settlement with a woman he allegedly groped at a holiday party.
Grover Cleveland "Cleve" Mooers was charged in Franklin County District Court with fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation, a gross misdemeanor. But earlier this week, the Kennewick man entered into what is known under Washington law as a "compromise of misdemeanors."
The resolution was accepted by Pro Tem Judge Larry Zeigler.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant said the law applies to certain misdemeanor offenses and allows a person to opt for being financially compensated instead of proceeding with prosecution. The charge cannot be refiled.
Mooers, 59, is an owner of HPM Corp., which provides specialized services to the federal government and contractors. The Department of Energy awarded a six-year, $99 million occupation services contract to the company in 2012 for the Hanford nuclear reservation.
The company, founded by Hollie P. Mooers, also is a Hanford Mission Support Alliance subcontractor that provides worker protection-related services.
Sant said his office received a letter from Scott Johnson, the woman's attorney, stating that resolving the case under this law was in the woman's best interest to avoid the distress of going to trial. The request also said that full restitution was agreed to by both sides.
The prosecutor said he did not object to it. He did not know the amount of restitution or other details.
Johnson told the Herald on Friday that he is bound by a confidentiality agreement and could say only that his client is satisfied with the settlement.