Registered sex offender arrested on new charges

Saturday, July 6, 2013 | 4:41 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A registered sex offender was in the Boone County Jail on $160,000 bond following his arrest on suspicion of raping and sodomizing a 7-year-old girl over a six-month period at her home in the Centralia area, according to a release from Boone County Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan.

Dennis L. Hatten, 58, was taken into custody by Audrain County sheriff's deputies Thursday after a Boone County warrant was issued for his arrest. The warrant charged Hatten with one count of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of first-degree child molestation during the six months from December 2012 to June.

O'Sullivan said the Sheriff's Department was notified by a family member who had been told by the victim of the assaults. He also said that Hatten and the victim were known to each other.

In March 2008, Hatten pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a child in Audrain County and was required to register as a sex offender.

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