Former magistrate accused of taking naked pictures of teen

Former magistrate accused of taking naked pictures of teen

December 16, 2006

By MELISSA DiPANE
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) -- A federal lawsuit accuses a former Blount County magistrate of coercing a teen girl into questionable acts.

The lawsuit filed Friday night claims Dustin Hatcher committed the acts in his county office.

The lawsuit filed by an unidentified 17-year-old girl and her mother in U.S. District Court claims Hatcher called the teen to his office at the Blount County Justice Center. Once there, the suit alleges Hatcher told the girl to put on lingerie and perfume.

The suit claims Hatcher then took pictures of her bare breasts. He then allegedly showed the pictures to other county employees.

Hatcher is the son of Blount County Circuit Court clerk Tom Hatcher, who is also named as a defendant, along with Blount County, the clerk's office and other male and female county employees.

6 News was unable to get a comment from Dustin or his father.

Dustin Hatcher resigned from office on December 2 after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations began investigating him.

Though these are still only accusations, Blount County residents say the news is shocking.

"It's kind of amazing you'd have someone in that position accused of doing something like that," said one man.

"Sick. Public officials should be above reproach not doing things like that," a woman told 6 News.

The lawsuit says the girl suffered "emotional distress" from this "nonconsensual sexual assault." She is seeking damages.

Hatcher family relatives told 6 News they don't believe the allegations.

This is not the first time the Hatchers have made the news.

Just last month, Tom Hatcher repaid Blount County close to $4,000 out of his department account for a degree he earned from a non-accredited online college.

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