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Shawn Hedden

Shawn Hedden

HANFORD — A man was arrested Sunday after Hanford Police Department officials said he sexually assaulted a child for several years.

On Nov. 24, Hanford Police officers said they responded to a report of possible child molestation involving an 11-year-old victim.

Police said the victim reported to their mother that their stepfather, 39-year-old Shawn Hedden, had been sexually abusing them over the last couple of years.

Detectives were called out and assumed control of the investigation.

With the assistance of Kings County District Attorney’s investigations unit as well as Kings County Child Protective Services, officials said an emergency multi-disciplinary interview was completed on Saturday night.

Information obtained from the interview as well as from the mother of the child involved, revealed the child had been sexually assaulted over the last couple of years with the last instance being less than a week ago, police said.

Authorities said Hedden turned himself into police and was later booked into the Kings County Jail on multiple child molestation crimes.

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