Kitsap Swim Team founder and former head coach Patrick Roland Hamilton of Bremerton was sentenced this week for second-degree child molestation, a gross misdemeanor, in Kitsap County Superior Court.
Hamilton was sentenced to six days in jail and one-year probation on Wednesday, according to court records. He was also placed on USA Swimming’s permanent ban list and will no longer be eligible for USA Swimming membership in his lifetime.
Hamilton, 48, was charged in June 2017 with fourth-degree assault with a special allegation of sexual motivation. He was accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old female swimmer during a team practice at the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center on May 28.
Hamilton pleaded not guilty to the charge at the time, but changed his plea this week.
A Kitsap Sun story published June 7, 2017, reported that the girl told investigators Hamilton touched her bottom several times during one-on-one swim practice. He reportedly told her, “I like touching your butt.”
Investigators also reviewed surveillance video from the pool that showed Hamilton grabbing the girl’s butt underwater, the Sun’s story said.
Hamilton’s probation stipulates he must complete a psycho-sexual evaluation within 120 days, have no assaultive behavior, no contact with the victim and hold no position of authority over minors, including coaching. He was given credit for time served.
Hamilton had no convictions of child molestation in the past but was arrested as part of an undercover prostitution sting in October 2003 by Seattle Police, according to the Sun which had obtained by the newspaper through a state Public Records Act. He entered a diversion program where he was required to perform community service in exchange for the charges being dismissed.