Defendant Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor

On July 6, 2021, Donald Allen Hayes, 31, of Lusby, MD, pleaded guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Fourth Degree Sexual Offense, Display of Obscene Item to a Minor, and Solicitation of Child Pornography.  He will be sentenced October 1, 2021.


In December 2020, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault involving a 13 year old victim.  A forensic interview of the child revealed that she spent a weekend in August at Hayes’ residence for a sleepover with his daughter.  At that time, Hayes sexually assaulted the minor victim and then asked her not to tell anyone.  He also gave her Vape products.  After the sexual assault, Hayes initiated further contact with the victim via Snapchat and purchased her Vape cartridges and food items.  Hayes would leave these items in the driveway of her family home.  The victim told a friend initially, but did not disclose this to authorities until December of 2020.


During the investigation, another minor victim, age 16, was identified.  This victim was contacted by Hayes via Snapchat.  The victim did not previously know him.  During their conversations, Hayes built a connection with the child by flirting with her, complimenting her looks and offering to bring her Vapes and food.  Between July 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020, Hayes and the victim communicated daily on Snapchat.  Hayes sent the victim numerous explicit photographs of himself and repeatedly requested that the victim send him nude photographs, which she refused.  Hayes also requested that she engage in sexual acts with him, which she also refused.  Hayes would bring Vapes, food and other gifts to the victim’s home when she was home alone.


In Fall of 2020, Hayes went to a location in Lusby, Maryland, to bring a gift to the victim.  When the victim went to the car, Hayes sexually assaulted her.  Hayes was subsequently charged and arrested.


On January 21, 2021, Hayes was interviewed by Sheriff’s Office Detectives and confessed to sexually assaulting both victims.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca N. Cordero.