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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Hatley arrested for rape

  • The director of the Arkadelphia Housing Authority faces a rape charge after an investigation by the Arkadelphia Police Department.
    Frederick Dennis Hatley, of 104 Stonegate Court, Gurdon, allegedly raped a man at the Housing Authority office at 650 S. Fifth St. on Sept. 11.
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  • The director of the Arkadelphia Housing Authority faces a rape charge after an investigation by the Arkadelphia Police Department.
    Frederick Dennis Hatley, of 104 Stonegate Court, Gurdon, allegedly raped a man at the Housing Authority office at 650 S. Fifth St. on Sept. 11.
    According to an affidavit APD detectives filed recently with the Clark County Prosecutor's Office, APD officers responded to Southview Apartments to investigate a report of rape.
    The victim reported he had been raped and identified Hatley, 56, as the suspect. The victim said he "had not given consent to intercourse of any type, and told suspect Hatley 'No' and 'Stop' during the assault," the affidavit states.
    Staff at Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia administered a sexual assault evidence kit at the hospital.
    The affidavit says APD detectives spoke with Hatley the next day at the police department. During a police interrogation, Hatley "repeatedly denied having any sexual contact with [the victim], consensual or otherwise, and voluntarily provided a DNA sample for comparison."
    On Oct. 3, the Arkansas State Crime Lab posted results of the DNA testing and found it to to contain DNA from two separate sources. "As a result of the test," the affidavit states, "the sources were determined to be consistent with the known DNA samples submitted from [the victim] and Hatley."
    Hatley was arrested Friday and transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where he was later released on a $75,000 bond. Formal charges are pending and will be determined by Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson.
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