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Area man pleads guilty in case

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A rural Brazil man recently pled guilty to his involvement in a report of improper conduct with a minor that occurred in October 2008.

Originally facing a class B felony criminal deviate conduct charge stemming from an investigation by Indiana State Police, Rick L. Hayes, 48, Brazil, entered into a plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office in Clay Superior Court on May 29.

Hayes agreed to plead guilty to a class D felony amended charge of intimidation and an amended class B misdemeanor battery charge.

On Oct. 15, 2008, the family of a male juvenile contacted ISP and met with authorities to discuss details about an incident involving Hayes and the victim. Using that information, officials obtained an arrest warrant for Hayes and a search warrant for his home the following day.

During testimony of the factual basis of the case, Hayes admitted touching the victim in a rude and angry manner without consent and that he "intended" the actions to be of a sexual nature.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger told The Brazil Times his office worked closely with the victim's family to come to a plea agreement that would "vindicate the victim and lead to Hayes' admission of guilt."

"I believe you could say they were relieved with the outcome," Reberger said. "And they are looking forward to moving on with their lives."

Special Judge Matthew Headley sentenced Hayes to serve 18 months with the Indiana Department of Correction on Count 1 and one year on Count 2 to be served concurrently. Given credit for one day of time previously served, Hayes sentence was suspended with the exception of serving 90 days (45 actual) at the Clay County Justice Center.

He will be allowed good time credit and participation in the work release program if earned. Hayes will also be placed on probation for time period of the suspended portion of the sentence.

Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that Hayes conviction does not qualify him to register as part of the Indiana Sheriff's Association's Sex and Violent Offender list.

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What in the world are the people of this town coming to?? Dang!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 9:06 PM

Let me get this right..A child was admittingly and intentionally touched in a sexual way and the adult that committed the act will not be on the sex offender list. Right? Lock up your children Brazil parents, there is one on the loose to re commit crimes against your children.

-- Posted by wethington on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 8:23 AM

And that child's parents agree to this?? That allows him to hurt another child! Gee thanks!

-- Posted by just thinking on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 9:18 AM


-- Posted by asil on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 9:45 AM

One more example of the justice system failing our community.

Mr. Hayes obviously has a problem and he is a threat to other children. This man has coached boys in this community for years.

This is probably not the first incident and by sweeping this under the rug, many parents will not be talking to their sons. The only thing our judicial system did was enable the behavior of an obviously sick man.

It also opens the door to other deviates to make their home in this community.

By not registering Mr. Hayes as a sexual predator , he is able to continue coaching children.

Post his picture parents and beware.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Sat, Jun 6, 2009, at 5:11 PM

Mr Hayes should be terminated from his place of employment. No job, no work release, no work release, 90 days in jail. I am sure the good people of the Marathon Refinery Divison and Lydle Electric of Robinson IL would agree with the good citizens of Brazil that justice has not yet been served.

-- Posted by areunuts on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 7:13 PM

Lee Reberger will be responsible for allowing an (apparently) violent child predator to continue unhindered in his sick game!! what a loser of a prosecutor! Do y'all know he has NEVER tried a case?????????? WHO THE HELL VOTES THESE PEOPLE INTO OFFICE AROUND HERE?? THE OTHER MOLESTORS?????

-- Posted by babydog on Sat, Jun 13, 2009, at 1:55 AM

Actually he should be castrated and fed to the hogs!!!!!

-- Posted by babydog on Sat, Jun 13, 2009, at 1:56 AM

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