UPDATE: Newell Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Nine-Year-Old Boy Pleads Not Guilty


A Newell man facing three felony counts of sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident with a 9-year-old boy appeared in court on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to all nine counts against him.

Kevin Halstead, 38, faces five counts of sexual assault in the first degree, one count of kidnapping, one count of abduction with intent to defile,
one count of child abuse creating a risk of serious bodily injury, and one count of conspiracy.

Another hearing will be held on October 6 when a trial date will be decided.

Hancock County Detective Matt Harvey said the investigation began in June after the victim and witnesses were interviewed at the Comfort House.

Officers then obtained a warrant for the arrest of Halstead, who was found in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, where Pennsylvania state police were able to arrest him. Harvey said the charges stem from three separate incidents that allegedly occurred at Halstead’s home in Newell in late June.     

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