Bothell’s ex-counsel gets two years probation for touching children

EVERETT — A judge has sentenced a former Bothell aide accused of inappropriately touching children to two years probation.

Brian Hall, 61, was indicted in 2019 on one charge of indecent liberties and three counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.

The former family counselor has specialized in working with “young, fatherless boys”.

In 2018, a 10-year-old boy reported Hall placed a pillow on his lap and rested his head on it during a counseling session. He played with the boy’s hair and touched it under his shirt. Sometimes he kissed the boy on the forehead.

When Hall was arraigned in Snohomish County Superior Court, seven sexual assault protection orders were filed against him, preventing him from associating with seven children, including the 10-year-old.

The other boys shared similar experiences with Hall. They reported that Hall would hug her, hold her hands, kiss her on the forehead and say he loved her. One boy said the counselor would not touch him the same way when his mother was in the room with them.

Hall’s licenses as a counselor, social worker, and chemical addiction expert were suspended by the state Department of Health and Human Services when he was charged.

Last month, Hall pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault.

At a hearing on the verdict this week, Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis ordered that Hall should not have unsupervised contact with a minor, aside from parole, unless they are biological relatives.

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; [email protected]; Twitter: @reporterellen.

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