Teen accused in crime spree charged with statutory rape

FILE - In this December 2014 file photo provided by Tammy Martin, her son Dalton Hayes poses with his girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips at his family's home in Leitchfield, Ky. Kentucky authorities say two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been apprehended in in Panama City Beach Florida early Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Tammy Martin, FILE)

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — One of two teenage sweethearts who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has returned to Kentucky to face several charges including statutory rape.

Local news outlets report 18-year-old Dalton Hayes was crying during his arraignment Thursday afternoon at the Grayson County courthouse. He pleaded not guilty to charges that included statutory rape, custodial interference, criminal mischief, trespassing, theft and burglary. In addition, he was appointed a public defender and given a $250,000 cash bond.

Hayes was arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Saturday, two weeks after he disappeared with his 13-year-old girlfriend.

Authorities say they suspect the two of stealing vehicles and writing stolen checks while they were on the run. The girl is expected to face charges in juvenile court.

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