Prosser man accused of smoking meth with teen

Kennewick, Wash. -- A Prosser man is accused of smoking methamphetamine with a teen girl at least a dozen times over a few years.

Philip Earl Bratcher, 52, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court to distribution of methamphetamine to a person under the age of 18.

His trial date is scheduled Oct. 15.

According to court documents, the girl disclosed to her counselor on Dec. 13, 2011, that Bratcher has smoked meth with her, which sparked an investigation by Child Protective Services.

In interviews with Benton County sheriff's deputies and a child victim advocate, the girl said Bratcher "treated her poorly and made her do 'meth' with him," documents said.

Prosecutors allege the activity may have started as early as February 2008, though the girl believes it was closer to early 2010.

The girl also told authorities that Bratcher has tried to kiss her and has touched her body, court documents show.

Bratcher was contacted by deputies and admitted smoking methamphetamine with the girl about 12 times and having sexual contact with her "when they were high approximately 16 times," documents said.

The suspect allegedly said he never had sexual intercourse with the teen.