ISP Detectives from the Terre Haute Post arrested Rick L. Hayes, 48, rural Brazil, without incident, and charged him with one count of Criminal Deviate Conduct, a class B felony.
ISP Det. Hans A. Nowak said he and officials with the Clay County Department of Children Services, met with a male juvenile and his family for approximately one hour Wednesday regarding a complaint of sexual deviate conduct.
The investigation continued with Nowak and Sgt. J. Troy Stanton obtaining evidence leading to an arrest warrant of Hayes and a search warrant of his home.
Detectives, along with an ISP evidence technician, executed the search warrant Thursday evening.
Nowak said Hayes was booked at the Clay County Justice Center at 8:35 p.m., Thursday. Hayes' bond was $50,000, with 10 percent allowed.
According to Indiana Code, criminal deviate conduct is defined as a person who "knowingly or intentionally causes another person to perform or submit to deviate sexual conduct when: 1. The other person is compelled by force or imminent threat of force; 2. The other person is unaware that the conduct is occurring or; 3. The other person is so mentally disabled or deficient that consent to the conduct cannot be given; commits criminal deviate conduct, a class B felony."
Hayes posted $5,000 bail at 11:36 p.m., Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27 for formal arraignment on the charge.
The Clay County Prosecutors Office, who is reviewing the case for further potential charges, also assisted in the investigation.