Mt. Vernon man arraigned in rape, abuse case

<p>Levi Jack Hunt was arraigned Aug. 23.</p>

CANYON CITY – Levi Jack Hunt of Mt. Vernon was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Grant County Circuit Court on rape and sexual abuse charges.

The charges were outlined in a secret indictment handed down by the grand jury on Aug. 15. The indictment became public after the Aug. 23 arraignment.

Circuit Judge William D. Cramer Jr. continued Hunt’s bail at $200,000 security or $20,000 cash.

Hunt, 25, remains lodged in the Grant County Jail, facing two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of online sexual corruption of a child, and one count of attempted use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

The charges, all felonies, cite contacts with a child under the age of 14 on or about April 13, April 10, May 15, June 2 and June 5.

The judge agreed with a prosecution request to keep the bail at that level and to order Hunt to have no contact with the victim or any minor female under the age of 18. The judge allowed an exception, saying Hunt’s 4-year-old daughter would be allowed to visit with him at the jail.

Hunt was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 22, at his home in Mt. Vernon after Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer put out a call for information about his whereabouts.

Cramer set Sept. 18 for a plea hearing in the case.

Palmer said Hunt’s sister, Raelene Reed, 24, also was arrested on Aug. 22. He said she was wanted in connection with the same case, on accusations of tampering with a witness and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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