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Assistant public defender will represent man in kidnapping case

August 17, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

The man accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl from her Halfway apartment and raping her will be represented by Assistant Public Defender Jerome J. Joyce, according to Washington County Circuit Court documents.

James Ellis Hackey Jr. was scheduled for a court appearance Thursday, but it was canceled because Joyce already had filed his appearance as the man's attorney.

Hackey, 39, was charged June 14 with two counts of rape, four counts of sexual offense, one count of sodomy, one count of unnatural and perverted sexual practice, one count of kidnapping, one count of abduction, one count of assault, one count of Peeping Tom, two counts of theft and three counts of burglary in the attack reported May 10.

The 11-year-old girl's younger sister woke up the night of the kidnapping and saw a man sitting on the edge of her sister's bed, according to court documents.

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The man gave the 8-year-old sister four dollar bills so she wouldn't go get their mother and promised that he wouldn't hurt either girl, according to court documents. He also showed the girls a picture of a baby wearing a purple outfit and said she was his little girl, according to records.

He then took the 11-year-old to the apartment complex's basketball courts, where he raped and sodomized her and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to sheriff's department reports.

Hackey was being held Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

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