Sex offender suspect returned to jail

CNJ staff

A Clovis man awaiting a second trial for more than 100 counts of child molestation is back in jail.

Larry Hatcher, 48, was returned to jail Tuesday night and is being held without bond for violating the conditions of his release, jail officials confirmed late Wednesday.

Details of the alleged violation were not immediately available.

Hatcher is accused of 116 counts of child molestation. His first trial in October ended in a hung jury.

His new trial is set for May 19 and was moved from Clovis to Portales on a change of venue deal struck last month between District Attorney Matt Chandler’s office and Hatcher’s new defense attorney, Thomas Harden.

Efforts to reach Harden for comment weren’t successful.

Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sex with him for seven years.

Hatcher was originally held in 2007 on $2 million bond.

He was later released on an ankle bracelet and reduced bond.