Monday, March 17, 2008

High-school senior accused of having sex with preteens

KENTON, Ohio -- A Kenton High School senior was in court yesterday, accused of having sex more than once with someone younger than 13.

Addam Hale, an 18-year-old former football player, faces three counts of rape, three of gross sexual imposition and one of contributing to the delinquency or the unruliness of a minor, Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey said.

Hale, who had not yet turned 18 when investigators say the crimes occurred, has been charged in Juvenile Court under Ohio's serious youthful offender law. That means the court can impose more serious penalties than in an ordinary Juvenile Court case.

Juvenile Court Judge James S. Rapp released Hale yesterday but ordered that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 16 unless properly supervised by a competent adult, Bailey said.

There are two victims in the case, Bailey said, and the incidents occurred last spring.

Hale was accompanied by his father and several other relatives in court but did not yet have a lawyer, Bailey said.

-- Holly Zachariah

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