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Alleged Child Rapist in Custody

Posted: Jul 5, 2013 3:55 PM by KOMU 8 Staff and Jack Wascher
Updated: Jul 5, 2013 11:20 PM

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BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Friday a 58-year-old Audrain county man, Dennis Hatten, is now in the Boone County Jail for allegedly raping and sodomizing a seven-year-old girl over a six-month period at her home in the Centralia area.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Audrain County Sheriff's deputies arrested Hatten yesterday, after a Boone County warrant was issued. That warrant included one count of first degree statutory rape, two counts of first degree statutory sodomy and one count of first degree child molestation.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said a family member of the victim notified deputies of the crime. The department said Hatten was required to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with a child in 2008 in Audrain County.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Hatten and the victim knew each other. His bond is set at $160,000.

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