City man arrested for rape involving 4-year-old



A Bellefontaine area man was arrested for one count of rape Tuesday following an investigation into the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old Indian Lake area girl, deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office report.

Joe P. Hatfield, 41, of 1000 Garfield Ave., Lot 52, was lodged in the Logan County Jail about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials from Logan County Children’s Services and deputies had been investigating the defendant’s actions since late August.

Children’s services had received a report that Mr. Hatfield had been sexually abusing the girl. The defendant previously shared a residence with the child and several other people.

Deputies worked with the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office to obtain a warrant, and the suspect was arrested during a traffic stop in Lakeview.

Deputies and probation officers from Adult Parole Authority had been in the area to check a residence that housed several probationers.