Hansen probation hearing postponed Friday

(AP PHOTO/The Globe Gazette, Arian Schuessler)

 

A probation revocation hearing for former Hampton doctor Brian J. Hansen was postponed Friday and rescheduled for Tuesday, March 18.

Bad weather forced the postponement, according to the Franklin County Clerk of District Court’s office. The hearing was originally scheduled for Friday at 9:30 a.m., but was pushed back to Friday at 1:30 p.m. earlier this week in anticipation of Thursday’s snowstorm. By late-morning Friday, the hearing had been rescheduled to its new March date.

The hearing stems from a Nov. 30 incident in which Hansen allegedly made contact with one of the victims he sexually abused when he was a physician at Franklin General Hospital. According to court documents, Hansen entered the Hampton Casey’s General Store after he saw the victim (named as J.K.) go in. J.K. alleges Hansen stood next to her and poured a coffee while she was getting a soda. She claims Hansen gave her a dirty look, which caused her to feel uncomfortable.

The Nov. 30 encounter eventually led to Hansen’s arrest on Dec. 12 for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, which includes no-contact orders against seven victims. He was placed on five years of probation in lieu of prison time on May 30, 2013, after pleading guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor or Therapist.

In an interview with Hampton Police, Hansen said he pulled into Casey’s before J.K. He admitted to entering the store after she did, but he didn’t think it would be a problem since she saw him on the premises when she arrived.

The March 18 hearing will determine whether Hansen violated the terms of his probation, and if any disciplinary measures need to be taken. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse.