LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) – A “not guilty” verdict for a Kentucky man who was found in Florida with a 13-year-old girl.
A Kentucky jury found Dalton Hayes not guilty of second degree rape on Wednesday.
Police say Hayes, who was 18 at the time, and the girl ran from the law across multiple states for weeks, stealing vehicles and writing stolen checks.
Hayes is the father of the girl’s baby.
He still faces more charges.
2-5-15 2:28 p.m.
Kentucky teen who ran away indicted on crime-spree charges
A teen who ran away from his Kentucky 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 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.