Banner Elk man charged with six counts of sexual activity by a substitute parent
by Staff Reports
On Feb. 25 the Watauga County Sheriff's Office of Criminal Investigation, received a report of an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17-year-old juvenile foster child and a foster parent in Watauga County.
The foster home was licensed through a private organization and is not affiliated with Watauga County, according to Watauga County Department of Social Services.
The Watauga County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit, along
with the Watauga County Department of Social Services, and the Children's Advocacy Center of the
Blue Ridge, conducted an investigation into the reported incident.
Individuals were interviewed and as a result of the interviews and investigation the following individual was charged.
Jason Hatfield, 42, of 320 River Knoll Road, Banner Elk, was charged
with six counts of sexual activity by a substitute parent.
taken before a Watauga County Magistrate on March 3 and placed under a $50,000.00 bond. Hatfield
is scheduled to appear in court on April 30.
This story was modifed on March 10, 2014, to reflect new information provided by Watauga County
Department of Social Services.