A self-styled swim coach, John Hudspeth was caught by Children's staff molesting the boy while he was being treated at the hospital, King County prosecutors say in charging papers. Hudspeth, a 63-year-old resident of St. Maries, Idaho, is alleged to have spent years grooming the boy for abuse prior to the sexual assaults.
According to charging papers, Hudspeth followed the 11-year-old boy to Children's earlier this year when he arrived there for treatment of a life-threatening illness. Prior to that, Hudspeth had spent more than a year "coaching" the boy after meeting him and his family at a gym near their home in Eastern Washington.
Hudspeth became increasingly involved in the boy's life, a Seattle detective said in charging papers. They came to regard him as a "life coach and personal trainer" to the boy, spending hours with him several days a week.
When the boy fell ill earlier in 2014, he and his family came to Children's for treatment. Hudspeth followed, moving into Ronald McDonald House with the boy and his father; Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families who've had to travel to receive care for an ill child.
In late June, a Children's nurse was making her rounds when she discovered Hudspeth rubbing massage oil on the boy, the Seattle detective said in charging papers. Both were shirtless at the time.
The nurse reported the incident to her supervisor. According to charging papers, she later told investigators she'd never seen something like that in her six years at Children's.
Later that evening, though, another nurse came upon an even more alarming scene, the detective said.
The nurse walked in to find Hudspeth stripped to his "tighty whiteys," alone in the boy's room, the detective said in charging papers. The nurse reported that incident to her supervisor.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident.
Investigators later came to believe Hudspeth was molesting the boy while claiming he was providing massages or otherwise caring for him.
Questioned about the boy, Hudspeth concocted false claims about the child's condition in an effort to justify the apparent abuse, the detective continued.
Writing the court, the detective said Hudspeth appears to have groomed the boy for abuse, which he then carried out while the child was facing a life-threatening illness.
"Hudspeth groomed (the boy) and (his) family," she said in court papers. "Hudspeth then proceeded to sexually assault (the boy) under the guise of play, medical care and caretaking."
The detective went on to say Hudspeth's behavior alarmed hospital staff.
Hudspeth, who is known to spend time in the Tri-Cities area, has been in King County Jail since Wednesday. He has been charged with first-degree child molestation and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.