MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live): A Moorhead man could spend the next 60 years of his life behind bars if given the max penalty, the charges stemming from allegations 55-year-old Warren Kent Hines sexually abused a 7-year-old child from the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2016.
Court documents out of Clay County report the child victim relayed to a mandated reporter that she was sexually assaulted. The documents say the mandated reporter and child were driving past the River Heights apartment building in February, the girl said “another man hurt me” and indicated the person lived there.
In March, a forensic interview was conducted with the girl, she tells investigators she is 7. She says she had previously been sexually abused by a man named “Brad” and that he would also take her to another man’s house in Moorhead and leave her there. She tells investigators that Warren Hines would take her clothes off and engage in sexual intercourse with her. She said it made her feel “sad” and that Hines was “so mean”. The girl added this occurred on multiple occasions.
Documents say detectives spoke with Warren Hines and he indicated that Bradley Hines had previously been convicted of sexually abusing this same girl, and Bradley was his brother. Warren tells police that the girl wanted to engage in sexual acts with him, and that he stopped it once his brother “got caught”.
The maximum penalty under the law for each charge is 30 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $40,000. That means Warren Hines could face 60 years in jail and/or fines reaching to $80,000.
Hines has a court date scheduled for next month.