Hanford contractor accused of groping woman

PASCO, Wash. -- A Hanford contractor is facing an assault charge in connection to behavior at a holiday party just before Christmas 2013.

Grover Cleveland ("Cleve") Mooers is facing a gross misdemeanor charge of fourth degree assault with sexual motivation. The charge is related to an alleged assault reported by a woman following a holiday party at the Stoneridge Event Center on December 13, 2013. The woman called police two days after the party, telling police she had been grabbed repeatedly by Mooers. In this court document, police say the woman reports 59 year old Mooers approached her at the bar area and grabbed her breasts, then eventually reached under her dress. Mooers is scheduled for a court appearance in mid-May.

KEPR asked the Franklin County Prosecutor about the delay between the report of a crime and the filing of charges. Prosecutor Shawn Sant cited the caseloads of police officers and the time needed to interview potential witnesses.

Mooers is an owner of HPM Corporation, which was founded by Hollie Mooers. On its website, HPM reports it holds contracts with NASA, MSA and DOE. HPM says it is responsible for providing medical and health services to over 9,000 Hanford workers.

KEPR called HPM on Tuesday and Cleve Mooers declined to take our call, citing no comment.