Teen accused in crime spree charged with statutory rape

Jan 23, 2015 10:41 AM by News Staff

GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. -- One of the Kentucky teenagers accused of going on a multi-state crime spree, is back in the Bluegrass state and facing a string of charges, including statutory rape, reports CBS affiliate WKYT.

Eighteen year-old Dalton Hayes was arraigned Thursday afternoon. Crying and visibly upset, he pleaded not guilty to statutory rape, criminal mischief, trespassing, theft, and burglary.

He has been appointed a public defender and given a $250,000 cash bond.

Police say Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips were on the run for two weeks, after they vanished from their small hometown in western Kentucky. Authorities believe their travels took them to South Carolina and Georgia.

Hayes was arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Saturday. Authorities say they suspect the two of stealing vehicles and writing stolen checks while they were on the run. Phillips is expected to face charges in juvenile court.

Phillips' mother, was also in court Thursday. She pleaded not guilty to custodial interference.


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