US teen accused in crime spree charged with statutory rape
LEITCHFIELD, Kentucky (AP) — One of two teenage sweethearts who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has returned home to Kentucky to face several charges including statutory rape.
News outlets report 18-year-old Dalton Hayes was crying during his arraignment Thursday afternoon at a courthouse. He pleaded not guilty to charges that included statutory rape, custodial interference, criminal mischief, trespassing, theft and burglary. In addition, he was appointed a public defender and given a $250,000 cash bond.
Hayes was arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Saturday, two weeks after he disappeared with his 13-year-old girlfriend.
Authorities say they suspect the two of stealing vehicles and writing stolen checks while they were on the run. The girl is expected to face charges in juvenile court.