Sex abuse case heads to circuit court

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By Sarah Bennett

A Radcliff man accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual acts with a female younger than 12 will be arraigned in Hardin Circuit Court next week.

Paul H. Hales, 54, originally was charged with one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, but the grand jury returned a September indictment listing six counts of each violation.

According to a Radcliff Police Department citation, Hales admitted to performing sexual acts with the alleged victim “25 to 30 times” at “his home, while driving and in parking lots.”

The indictment alleges all 12 counts were by forcible compulsion, but there are no allegations of rape.

The allegations occurred in September 2010 and ended June 19, 2011. The police citation indicates Hales was arrested June 22.

Hales, a civilian contractor who works at Fort Knox, has no criminal history listed in his Hardin Circuit Court file. According to the citation, Hales is not married.

Hales is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a cash bond. Although his bond amount was originally listed as $100,000, Judge Ken Howard increased it to $250,000 following the return of the indictment, according to court documents.

Hales is considered a danger to others due to the nature of the offense, according to the documents, and if released, he is not to have contact with the alleged victim.

First-degree sodomy is considered a Class A felony and first-degree sexual abuse, Class C. If found guilty, Hales faces 20 to 50 years or life imprisonment.

He is scheduled to appear in Hardin Circuit Court next Tuesday for arraignment.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.