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Hartselle teen faces kidnapping, rape charges

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

A Hartselle teen, who was supposed to be on an Army base, came to Decatur and abducted and raped a juvenile, police said Sunday.

Michael Wayne Muench, 18, formerly of 1605 Main St. W., is in the Morgan County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Lt. Frank DeButy, a Decatur police spokesman, said Muench, an active duty serviceman, abducted a juvenile acquaintance without a weapon near Decatur High School on Friday. Muench forced the juvenile to drive aimlessly around the city, DeButy said.

Then Muench ordered the juvenile to park the car, and he allegedly sexually assaulted the victim, DeButy said.

After the assault, DeButy said, Muench drove the juvenile to a local hotel, where he got a room and sexually assaulted the victim again.

The juvenile escaped, DeButy said. Decatur police were contacted and went to the hotel and arrested Muench on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.

Investigators later charged Muench with third-degree domestic violence, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

DeButy did not know the gender of the victim or whether the victim went to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators learned that Muench should have been in Tennessee.

“When investigators began to piece together the events that led to these charges, they learned that Muench was, at the time of his arrest, restricted to the confines of Fort Campbell,” DeButy said.

“This avenue of investigation will be looked at by military law enforcement personnel.”

Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division, is on the Kentucky-Tennessee border about 60 miles northwest of Nashville.

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