Former Snohomish County Planning and Development Director Craig Ladiser was sentenced to two years probation Friday for exposing himself to a building-industry lobbyist at a golf tournament last year.
Former Snohomish County Planning and Development Director Craig Ladiser was sentenced to two years’ probation Friday for exposing himself to a building-industry lobbyist at a golf tournament last year.
Ladiser pleaded guilty in August to indecent exposure and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation for pulling his genitals from his pants and rubbing them against the leg of a woman who worked for the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties, which was sponsoring the June 2009 golf tournament.
Ladiser’s attorney told King County Superior Court Judge Joan Dubuque during the sentencing that Ladiser had a long-standing alcohol problem and did not remember the incident.
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sean O’Donnell called Ladiser’s actions “pathetic” and said the former planning director had used alcohol as an excuse throughout court proceedings.
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The victim did not attend the sentencing but listened via speaker phone.
O’Donnell praised the victim’s courage, noting that Ladiser held a powerful position in the county and that she had regularly worked with him before the incident.
“The defendant took advantage of his position and relative power over the victim. This young woman stood up and said, ‘this is wrong,’ ” O’Donnell said.
Ladiser did not apologize to the victim. Rather, he said he was “sorry this happened,” and publicity had affected his family and friends, and forced him to move to Eastern Washington.
The judge ordered Ladiser to obtain a substance-abuse and alcohol assessment and to comply with treatment recommendations. She said if treatment is recommended, he must submit quarterly reports to the court.
Ralph Hurvitz, Ladiser’s attorney, said Ladiser had voluntarily entered alcohol-inpatient treatment after the incident and had not had a drink for 14 months.
Ladiser was fired from his $150,000 a year job in August 2009 after an independent investigation ordered by Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon confirmed Ladiser had been drinking heavily at the golf tournament and had exposed himself to the victim.
The victim said she was discouraged from reporting the incident to police because of the Master Builders’ working relationship with Ladiser and the county. She went to the police in October, and charges were filed in March.
Lynn Thompson: 206-464-8305 or firstname.lastname@example.org