Edgar Hansen appeared on Deadliest Catch, a Discovery Channel series about catching crab in the Bering Sea, as the deck boss of the Northwestern. He worked alongside his brothers Sid, the captain, and Norman, the deckhand. The brothers inherited the business from their father, who learned fishing from his old man. 

Edgar Hansen left Deadliest Catch after pleading guilty to sexual assault

Edgar Hansen mysteriously vanished from Deadliest Catch after season 14, raising concern for the beloved deck boss. He was likely forced out of the show after pleading guilty to sexual assault.

Court records reveal that Edgar’s unidentified victim told her therapist that Edgar sexually assaulted her at a Mountlake Terrace, Washington, residence. Edgar initially denied the charges before pleading guilty to touching the victim inappropriately. He said in a statement to the judge:

“I committed this assault for the purpose of my own sexual gratification. I am very sorry for that conduct and for the harm I have caused [the victim] and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”

Edgar received a 364-day suspended jail sentence. He was also ordered to undergo sexual deviancy evaluation and treatment and pay $1,653 in court costs. Edgar didn’t serve time in prison, but the conviction surely ended his association with the Discovery Channel.

He reportedly still works on the family boat: some fans claim to have seen him in the background of some episodes. However, it’s unlikely that Edgar will ever play a major role in a Discovery Channel production. 

Edgar’s crime didn’t affect his marriage to Louise Hansen. The couple got engaged during a 2009 episode, but their wedding date is a mystery. Edgar and Louise’s relationship has lasted nearly three decades and produced three children: Stephanie, Logan, and Erik.

The family lives in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Edgar told The Herald-Tribune in September 2017 that he owns property in the Sarasota area and was considering moving there.