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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • Charges filed against Hatley

  • The Clark County Prosecutor's Office is pursuing felony charges filed by the Arkadelphia Police Department against the former director of the housing authority being accused of rape.
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  • The Clark County Prosecutor's Office is pursuing felony charges filed by the Arkadelphia Police Department against the former director of the housing authority being accused of rape.
    Frederick Dennis Hatley, of Gurdon, was formally charged Friday with one count of rape, a Class Y felony punishable by 10-40 years or life in prison. Hatley, 56, is no longer employed with the Housing Authority.
    Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson is representing the state in the case. No attorney has entered an appearance on behalf of Hatley in the case as yet.
    Arkadelphia investigators became involved in the case when a male victim reported Hatley had raped him on Sept. 11 at the Arkadelphia Housing Authority office. A sexual assault evidence collection kit was administered and submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.
    Sgt. Jason "Shorty" Jackson interviewed Hatley the following morning, with Hatley denying the allegations the victim reported and provided a DNA sample for comparison of the evidence collected in the rape kit, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
    On Oct. 3, the crime lab posted results of the DNA testing, with the sources "consistent with the known DNA samples" the victim provided. Hatley was arrested the following day but was released on a $75,000 bond. An arraignment will be scheduled for a later date.

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