SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Year-Long Investigation Leads to Arrest of Hartford Man on Rape, Incest Charges

The Ohio County Sheriff's Office says a 22-year-old Hartford man was arrested in late-October following a year-long investigation into the sexual abuse of multiple juveniles.

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 2:10 PM
Updated: Nov 3, 2020 4:16 PM

The Ohio County Sheriff's Office says that in September 2019, detectives began an investigation that eventually led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man from Hartford, Kentucky.

According to the sheriff's office, the investigation began after allegations of sexual abuse of minors involving 22-year-old Anthony Hayes and multiple juveniles were made.

OCSO says that the investigation continued over the course of a year, and that in September 2020, Hayes was presented to the Ohio County Grand Jury. He was indicted by the grand jury and an indictment warrant was issued for his arrest.

Then, in October 2020, OCSO received a tip from police in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in reference to Hayes and his whereabouts. Hayes was later arrested in Oklahoma and was extradited back to the Ohio County Detention Center.

Anthony C. James, 22, Was Arrested and Charged With:

  • Prohibited use of electronic communication device to procure minor/peace officer
  • Distribution obscene matter to minors 1st offense
  • Sexual Abuse 1st Degree (5 counts)
  • Rape 1st Degree (3 counts)
  • Incest- Forcible compulsion/incapable of consent (3 counts)


Follow 44News on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in breaking news, weather, and sports in the Tri-State area

Evansville
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 54°
Owensboro
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 55°
Mount Carmel
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
Madisonville
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 56°
Jasper
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 50°
Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
WEVV 4K Doppler Radar
WEVV 7-Day Forecast
WEVV Watches & Warnings

Community Events