Chapel Hill city manager charged in sexual assault of teen - WKRN News 2

Chapel Hill city manager charged in sexual assault of teen

Posted: Updated: Dec 30, 2013 5:00 PM CST
Michael Hatten, 43, is charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old. Michael Hatten, 43, is charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old.
LEWISBURG, Tenn. -

Chapel Hill's city administrator was arrested last week on charges he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy.

The alleged assault occurred in a wooded area in Marshall County on or around December 20.

According to affidavit filed in court on Monday, Michael Hatten, 43, made the teenage boy pull off his clothes.  The affidavit says Hatten then pulled off his own clothes and inappropriately touched the youth.

The affidavit also says Hatten smoked marijuana with the boy.
 
Hatten was arrested December 27 following an investigation after a tip from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.  He is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He was booked into the Marshall County jail on $8,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on January 14.

Hatten has been the city administrator of Chapel Hill for more than a decade.

Chapel Hill Mayor Carl Cooper wouldn't go on camera but told News 2 Monday he was shocked to learn of Hatten's arrest.

The Chapel Hill City Council convened Saturday, ultimately placing Hatten on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Mayor Cooper says he spoke with Hatten about the suspension, but not about the criminal case.

According to his booking information at the Marshall County jail, Hatten is married and has three children.

A handwritten sign posted on the family's front door Monday reads, "If you are not an invited guest then you are trespassing and must leave the premises immediately.  Please respect the privacy of this family. Thank you, The Hattens."

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