The Examiners for the Washington State Medical Examiner’s Office, the state’s public agency, has charged ex-US MSA president and ex-state legislator Robert “Bob” Dutton with child molestation, sexual abuse and obstruction of justice.
Dutton is charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree child abuse.
According to a press release, Dutton, who was the chair of the USMSA Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006, allegedly assaulted children when he was in his office and in a home he owned in the western Washington suburb of Beaumont.
The abuse allegedly took place between the ages of 5 and 14.
Dutton was elected as the state president of the Washington MSA in 2007.
The indictment says that Dutton allegedly abused children when the two of them were working in his home office.
He allegedly would touch the victims’ genitals and masturbate while others watched.
He also allegedly forced a child into a sexual relationship.
The allegations against Dutton are just the latest to hit the MSA.
In November, the agency was rocked when a woman, who had been a MSA member since 2003, accused the agency of mistreating her after she said she was raped by Dutton.
In April, former MSA chairman and US congressman John Culberson resigned after he was accused of sexually assaulting his female intern.