US teen who ran away indicted on crime-spree charges
LEITCHFIELD, Kentucky (AP) — A teen who ran away from his home with a 13-year-old girl and was later captured in Florida has been indicted on charges related to what police call a two-week crime spree.
A grand jury indicted 18-year-old Dalton Hayes on a dozen charges this week. He faces up to 10 years in prison on a charge of second-degree rape, with no force. In Hayes’ home state of Kentucky, a second-degree rape occurs when an adult has sex with a minor under 14, even if it’s consensual.
The grand jury indicted Hayes on two thefts that occurred in early December, before the two went missing. He also faces custodial interference, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief charges.
Police say the teen girl will face charges in juvenile court.
Hayes and the girl were arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, last month, two weeks after they disappeared.
Their flight from home attracted national attention as the two worked their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Authorities believe their travels took them to South Carolina and Georgia before they ended up in Florida.
Police say Hayes was running away from trouble back home. Some of the charges against him issued this week by the grand jury were related to thefts that occurred in his hometown in early December.