Sex offender charged with rape at Sandy apartments

Sex offender charged with rape at Sandy apartments

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SANDY — A man listed on the sex offender registry and with a record of offenses stretching back to 1999 was charged Wednesday with rape and is under investigation in a second rape case, according to court documents.

Christian Earl Hayes, 39, of Richfield, was charged in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City with rape, a first-degree felony. Bail was set at $100,000.

On Feb. 19, a woman at the Falls at Hunters Pointe Apartments, 11251 S. State, went to the hot tub at the complex. Hayes was sitting in the hot tub when she got there, according to charging documents.

After having a conversation with Hayes for several minutes, the woman attempted to leave. But Hayes, who is listed as being 6 feet tall and weighing 260 pounds, grabbed the woman, held her down and raped her, the charges state.

The woman called police after she was released and a forensic exam was conducted. DNA collected was placed into a national DNA database for law enforcement officer. A match pointed to Hayes, according to the charges.

Hayes is listed on the Utah Sex Offender Registry for a 2011 conviction in Idaho of sexual battery of a 16- or 17-year-old. It was unclear Thursday whether Hayes lived at the apartment complex.

While Sandy police were investigating the case, officers learned that Hayes was also a suspect in a rape case in Salt Lake City. In that incident, he is suspected of offering a prostitute $4,000 for sex, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. After arriving at a hotel room, Hayes tried to renegotiate the deal, the report states. When the woman did not agree to the new terms, Hayes had forcible sex with her, according to the report.

Previous cases

According to Utah court records, Hayes pleaded guilty in 2013 in West Valley Justice Court to patronizing a prostitute, a class B misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

In 2007, Hayes pleaded guilty in 6th District Court in Richfield to aggravated assault in exchange for a kidnapping charge being dismissed. He was originally placed on probation, but after violating that probation he was given his original sentence of up to five years at the Utah State Prison, according to court records.

Also in 2007 while the previous case was pending as well as charges in Idaho, Hayes was convicted of multiple counts of "crime of abuse of personal identity," a class-B misdemeanor, according to court records.

In 1999, Hayes was convicted of two counts of simple assault. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to theft by receiving stolen property. In 1994, he was convicted of impersonating a police officer, according to court records.

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