Hayes, a former candidate for Laurens County coroner and the man behind the leaked text messages regarding former Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disseminating harmful material to minors.
According to information from the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the victim does not want to prosecute.
Hayes was accused of showing a nude image to a 16-year-old girl in a parking lot on August 15. The incident allegedly happened in front of multiple witnesses that were in a parking lot watching the fire at Dempsey’s Pizza.
Hayes turned himself in to the Clinton Dept. of Public Safety and was booked at the Johnson Detention Center.