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Two Bay County Teens Charged with Raping 15-Year-Old

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - In Bay County, an 18-year-old and a co-defendant have been arrested for allegedly getting a 15-year-old victim drunk and raping her.

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Matthew Hayes and another male reportedly drank moonshine with the 15-year-old victim while they were parked on Tram Road before heading back to a friend's home.

It was at this point that authorities said that Hayes and the teen, Cody Tate, pressured the victim to drink more alcohol before raping the victim when she passed out.

Hayes has been charged with sexual battery. The Bay County Sheriff's Office said Tate was also charged with sexual battery and taken to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice


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