McCracken County elected official charged with sex crimes

Mark Hayden (Source: Kentucky State Police)
Mark Hayden (Source: Kentucky State Police)

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A McCracken County elected official is facing various sex crime charges following a three month police investigation.

McCracken County Constable Mark Hayden turned himself in shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday to detectives.

Hayden was charged with one count of sexual abuse first degree, two counts of sodomy third degree and one count of rape third degree.

Hayden was taken to the McCracken County Jail.

Investigators say state police were told of an initial complaint of sexual abuse in September 2011.

Detectives say the alleged victim was 15-years-old at the time of the abuse.

According to Trooper Dean Patterson, the abuse is alleged to have happened over a period of months beginning in February 2011.

Officials say Hayden is not employed by or related to McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden.

The investigation is ongoing.

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