Prosecutor: Accused child rapist violated probation

By Kayleigh Zyskowski Published:

A Frankfort man – who was charged with raping an 8-year-old female child Monday – has violated his probation from a previous offense by coming into contact with a child, a prosecutor says.

Friday in Franklin Circuit Court, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Todd said 40-year-old William “Eddie” Hafley admitted to his probation officer that he has had unsupervised contact with at least one juvenile, which is against his probation agreement.

“He’s admitted to being in contact with a juvenile, which in and of itself is a violation, and the probation officer has documentation of that,” Todd said.

Hafley, of 1609 Stedmantown Lane #2, was arrested Monday after he “engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent because she is less than 12 years old,” according to court records. However, in July 2008, he was charged for sexually abusing a 9-year-old female and was placed on probation for five years.

At the time, prosecutors said Hafley touched the child, who was a guest in his home, in a sexual manner in May 2008.

He later pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful contact with a minor and and was sentenced to five years of probation, which includes no unsupervised contact with a child, according to court records. It’s not on the basis of the new rape charge; it’s for the violation he’s admitted, Todd said.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd also noted Hafley failed to complete the sex offender program – also a condition of his probation.

Public defender Emily Wilkey, Hafley’s council, requested Shepherd pass the case for one week until the district court preliminary hearing for the latest charge Tuesday.

 “I haven’t seen one video tape or any written admission by my client, and when I have met with my client, he has asserted vehemently that he hasn’t had any unsupervised contact,” Wilkey said.

Shepherd said he would rule on the probation revocation Friday to allow Wilkey more time to study the file.

Hafley is due in Franklin District Court on the new rape charge Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

He’s lodged at Franklin County Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.


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