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      Sex offender arrested for rape of 7-year-old girl

      58-year-old Dennis L. Hatten is charged with one count of first degree statutory rape, two counts of first degree statutory sodomy and one count of first degree child molestation.

      A registered sex offender is in jail accused of raping and sodomizing a 7-year-old Centralia girl.

      Boone County Deputies said the sexual abuse occurred for 6 months at the child's home.

      The Boone County Sheriff's Department was informed of the assaults by a family member of the victim.

      Authorities issued an arrest warrant out for 58-year-old Dennis L. Hatten, who lives on Audrain County Road 918.

      Hatten was taken into custody by Audrain County Deputies.

      Hatten is charged with one count of first degree statutory rape, two counts of first degree statutory sodomy and one count of first degree child molestation.

      Hatten??s bond is set at $160,000.

      In 2008 Hatten pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a child and was required to register as a sex offender.