A 19-year-old Washington C.H. man was recently indicted on seven counts of first-degree felony rape for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a girl who was under 13 years of age.
A Fayette County grand jury also indicted Justin C. Hobbs on three counts of gross sexual imposition. At Tuesday’s arraignment in Fayette County Common Pleas Court, Hobbs pleaded “not guilty” to all counts and his trial was set for June 9.
On Sept. 21, 2015, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from one of the victim’s family members, according to authorities. Following an investigation, the case was presented by the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office to the grand jury, which resulted in the indictment. Hobbs was arrested on Monday and taken to the Fayette County Jail. He has since posted his $100,000 cash/surety bond and has been released.
According to the grand jury indictment, Hobbs “engaged in sexual conduct” with the minor on or about Sept. 11, 2015, as well as six other times between the dates of Jan. 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015. On every count, the victim is listed on the indictment as under 13 years of age.
On the three gross sexual imposition counts, Hobbs is accused of having “sexual contact” with the victim between the dates of Feb. 13, 2015 through May 31, 2015. Once again, the victim is listed on the indictment as under 13 years of age when the alleged crimes occurred.
All of the counts of rape are felonies of the first degree and all three of the gross sexual imposition counts are felonies of the third degree.
Due to the sensitivity of the case, authorities are not releasing any more details at this time.
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