hayes arrestOHIO COUNTY, Ky. (8/8/18) — An Ohio County woman has been charged with human trafficking, sodomy, rape and sexual abuse involving children.

Ohio County Sheriff’s Office presented its case to an Ohio County Grand Jury late last month. The Jury returned an indictment for Shelly Hayes, 37 of Horse Branch on charges of human trafficking/victim under 18 years old, multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse/victim under 12 years old, first-degree sodomy/victim under 12 years old, first-degree rape/victim under 12 years old and first-degree criminal abuse/victim under 12 years old.

OCSO said the department had been investigating Hayes after allegations arose of child sexual and physical abuse. Hayes has seven children — six under age of 18.

Through its investigation, OCSO determined Hayes had been allegedly abusing her children for several years to the point of injury. It as also alleged that Hayes’ children had told her of several men Hayes brought to the home that were abusing them. Authorities said Hayes did not report the alleged abuse by the men and continued to bring them around the children.

OCSO said Hayes allegedly received payment from one of the men and that she allowed the abuse to continue with payment.

More arrests are expected in the case, said Sheriff Tracy Beatty.

Hayes is being held in the Ohio County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash bond.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Region 3 Vice President

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