Two juries found William Hayes, 58 years old, guilty of sexual assault, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, possession of a dangerous drug, and conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness on March 4, 2013 and May 10, 2013.
Hayes assaulted three women over a ten month time frame. He kidnapped an 18 year old female and ordered her to get into his car where he took her to a local park and sexually assaulted her and threatened to shoot her if she resisted. The second victim was also an 18 year old female that had just been involved in a car accident wherein she stopped at a convenience store to call family for help. Defendant approached her and offered to help her with her car and a lawyer. After taking her to his apartment, he threatened her with a gun and sexually assaulted her. Several months later, Hayes took advantage of a 20 year old female who was developmentally disabled. He took her to his apartment and sexually assaulted her.
The third victim called 911 immediately after the attack. A search warrant was issued for the defendantâ€™s apartment where methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was discovered.
While Hayes was awaiting trial, he conspired with another woman to try to prevent the third victim from testifying against him. He gave this woman a description of the victim and where she could be located. He also asked the woman to contact his attorney and the prosecutor and to lie and say that the third victim knew him and that the sexual encounter had been consensual. William Hayes was sentenced to 31.5 years on June 10, 2013 for these crimes.