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Housing Authority Director Accused of Raping Job Candidate

A Housing Authority executive director in Arkadelphia is still on the job after being arrested for rape.
ARKADELPHIA, AR -- Executive director of the Arkadelphia Housing Authority, Frederick Hatley, 56, is being investigated on rape accusations after Arkadelphia Police arrested him late last week.

A "No Contact" order has been filed demanding he stay away from the alleged victim.

The victim, whose identity we're keeping hidden, says he went to the Housing Authority office to talk with Hatley about a possible job opening when the rape happened in Hatley's office.

According to police incident reports and the arrest warrant, the 21-year-old victim was inside Hatley's office having a professional conversation about the job when it quickly changed.

The victim told police Hatley inquired about his past sexual relationships.

The victim says he became very uncomfortable and tried to leave when Hatley said he had a loaded pistol in his desk.

Before he could leave the office, however, he tells police Hatley pinned him against his will, pulled down his pants and sodomized him.

The news has people who live in the housing complex worried.

"It's not safe 'cause he has keys to these houses, and I have a little brother. Scary," Sachet Humphries said.

On Wednesday, the executive director's car still sits in the spot marked "Executive Director" in front of the Housing Authority office.

He was there in his office but declined to talk about the rape accusation.

Police say Hatley has repeatedly denied having any sexual contact, consensual or otherwise, with the victim and voluntarily provided a DNA sample for comparison.

According to police arrest warrants for Hatley, a rape kit examination was done on the victim and two DNA samples were found. One was the victim's and the other Hatley's.

Hatley is out of jail on a $75,000 bond. His next court appearance will be Oct. 29.
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