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Wilmington Man Arrested For Rape of 12 Year Old

Incident/Complaint#:  50-23-17277

Date:  Friday, June 2, 2023 at 12:54 a.m.

Location: Days Inn, 272 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE

Contact:  Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department has arrested James Hinson, 34, of Wilmington, for rape and additional charges following an incident that occurred early Friday morning. The investigation began when Dover Police received a call that a man named James had touched a 12-year-old female of Dover inappropriately in a room at the Days Inn. Officers responded to the room and contacted an 18-year-old of female of Magnolia and the 12-year-old. The ensuing investigation revealed that Hinson had sexually assaulted the 12-year-old two times inside of the hotel room and was caught by the 18-year-old. When confronted, Hinson got into a physical altercation with the 18-year-old and then left the room. Officers were able to obtain a physical description of Hinson from the victims and began to search the area.

While searching, patrol officers located Hinson nearby and took him into custody without incident. Hinson provided a false name when he was taken into custody and he was found in possession of 7.3 grams of cocaine, 23 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Hinson was transported to Dover Police Department where he was processed and arraigned.

Hinson was committed to SCI on $136, 250 cash bail on the following charges:
-Rape Second Degree (2x)
-Endangering the Welfare of a Child
-Possession with the Intent to Deliver Cocaine
-Possession of Cocaine in a Tier 1 Quantity
-Offensive Touching
-Criminal Impersonation
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

James Hinson
Wilmington, DE

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