Man charged with child rape, incest returned to Kennewick after fleeing country

Man charged with child rape, incest returned to Kennewick after fleeing country

A child rape suspect is back in Kennewick after he fled to Panama last November, only to be captured and escorted to Miami, Florida.

Clay Haynes, 46, is facing charges of child rape, molestation and incest for allegedly sexually abusing two girls for several years at his Kennewick home. His bail is set at $500,000.

The girls both say they have known Haynes since they were little, and he started having sexual relations with each of them when they were around the age of 12 or 13. The abuse continued for about five years, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Haynes is also accused of buying vibrators for the girls and forcing each of them to use one while he watched. Investigators later found the sex toys believed to be the ones he purchased.

Court documents indicate that Hayne’s wife knew about some of his inappropriate behavior and did not report it.

A warrant was issued for Haynes’ arrest and he was captured in Panama on Nov. 16, though the Benton County Sheriff’s Office did not learn of his arrest until Dec. 4, when he was expelled from Panama as an undesirable.

On Monday Mar. 12, he was booked into Benton County Jail after being extradited from Florida several months later. He appeared in court the next day for the first time since fleeing the country.

His next court appearance is on Thursday Mar. 22.