GREENFIELD — A Greenfield teen accused of beating a friend in the face until she blacked out is back in jail this week after two more girls accused him of assault, according to court documents.
Nineteen-year-old Hayden Nix now faces two additional criminal cases, each of which accuse him of rape and sexual misconduct, court records show.
Two girls recently told police that Nix — whose felony battery case is pending locally — sexually assaulted them on separate occasions, according to court documents.
The girls, both minors, told Hancock County Sheriff’s Department detectives similar stories, though they made their reports weeks apart, police said.
Both girls said Nix lied to them about his age, trapped them in his car and forced them to have sex with him, despite their pleading with him to stop, according to court documents. One of the girls said Nix assaulted her a second time, cornering her in a bedroom at a mutual friend’s home and forcing her to have sex with him again, court documents state.
The accusations of battery Nix faces stemmed from an incident in September, records show.
That victim told police she got into an argument with Nix while she was riding with him in his car.
Nix pulled into an empty parking lot, stopped the car, and began striking the girl until she blacked out momentarily, according to charging documents. She was taken to a hospital, and doctors said she’d fractured her nose and other bones in her face, court documents state.
Prosecutors filed battery and strangulation charges against Nix in Hancock Circuit Court after the incident. The teen faces six charges in that case: two counts of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony; criminal confinement with a vehicle, a Level 5 felony; strangulation, a Level 6 felony; battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a Level 6 felony and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
Nix pleaded not guilty to the battery accusations and was released from the Hancock County Jail after posting a $10,000 cash bond.
The instances of alleged sexual assault occurred after Nix was released from jail, according to court records.
Each additional victim told police Nix assaulted her in October, court documents state. Both told police Nix said he was 17 years old, not 19.
One girl came forward on in mid-November saying she was at party with Nix last fall, and he offered to drive her home.
Nix pulled the car over at one point and began kissing the girl, telling her to just relax, she told police. Eventually, he forced himself on her, court documents state.
Another girl came forward in mid-December, saying she and Nix were hanging out with mutual friends around that same time when he offered to drive her home.
Nix began kissing her and forced her to engage in a sex act, she told police, according to court documents. Then, Nix forced her to have sex even though she’d repeatedly told him to stop touching her, court documents state.
A few days later, the girl was with Nix again at a mutual friend’s house. The girl said she confronted Nix about what happened, and he got angry, court documents state. He pushed her into a bedroom in the home and forced her to have sex with him a second time, the girl told police, according to court documents.
The reports prompted prosecutors to file additional charges — two separate criminal cases — against Nix this week, records show. He was arrested again and was being held there at press time on a $50,000 cash bond.
In one case, filed in Hancock Superior Court 1, Nix faces two Level 3 felony counts of rape and three Level 5 felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
In the other, filed in Hancock Circuit Court, Nix faces one Level 3 felony count of rape and two Level 5 felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Each Level 3 felony count Nix faces carries maximum penalty of 16 years in prison. Each Level 5 felony count he faces carries maximum potential penalty of six years in prison.