News Item: Ex-police officer indicted in alleged sexual assault
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Saturday 17 June 2006 - 15:32:59

A former Moline Acres police officer has been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after a traffic stop, then lying about it to FBI agents, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Khnum Haim Hayes, 35, on one felony count of deprivation of civil rights and one felony count of making false statements. He was arrested that evening.

According to a copy of the indictment, Hayes forcibly grabbed the woman's breasts and genitals, then attempted to have sex with her on Dec. 1. Then Hayes lied Dec. 20 to FBI agents investigating the woman's allegations, the indictment says.

G. Thomas Walker, police chief in the north St. Louis County town, said Friday that Hayes was suspended and decided to resign after the alleged incident.

Hayes got a part-time job with Wellston police in January, but City Administrator Karl Reid said he would fire Hayes after being notified of the charges by the Post-Dispatch.

Reid said that there was no indication in Hayes' file that former Wellston Police Chief Maurice Brown had contacted the Moline Acres department to check on Hayes before hiring him.

Walker said he had been contacted informally by several departments where Hayes had applied for a job but never by Wellston.

Brown said Hayes mentioned an investigation before he was hired, "but at the time, there was nothing solid to it that would have stopped him from working." Hayes had not been fired from Moline Acres, Brown said, and the FBI didn't contact him until Hayes had already started work.

"I was concerned," Brown said, but added there had been no complaints about his conduct in Wellston.

Brown was fired last week over personnel matters, Reid said.

Moline Acres inquiry

Walker said the Moline Acres department began its own investigation after another officer reported seeing vehicles belonging to Hayes and the woman parked behind a building at about 12:30 a.m. or 1 a.m. and saw something suspicious. The woman and Hayes were out of their vehicles, Walker said. At no time did the woman appear to be in distress, the officer told investigators.

Walker placed Hayes on suspension while the department investigated allegations of improper conduct.

"You're not supposed to be behind a building with a female while you're working night shift," he said

The FBI contacted the department and asked it to turn over the investigation, Walker said, apparently after getting a complaint from the woman. He said he did not expect charges to be filed by St. Louis County prosecutors in light of the stiffer potential penalties under federal law.

Hayes could face up to life in prison or a fine of up to $500,000, or both, if convicted, the U.S. attorney's office said.

When told of the arrest, Hayes' mother, Hassie Hayes, said: "I don't believe it. He's not that type of guy. He is too proud of his job and himself."

Hassie Hayes said her son was in the Marines, served in the Persian Gulf War and had been taking criminal justice courses at a college.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/0C5B8B3EC303A2A386257190000A26A5?OpenDocument


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