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Danville couple plead not guilty in rape, robbery case

October 06, 2010|By TODD KLEFFMAN | tkleffman@amnews.com
  • Darlene Castle entered a not guilty plea Tuesday before Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler. Along with husband Craig Castle, Darlene Castle is accused of robbing Cash Advance in July. (Todd Kleffman photo)
Darlene Castle entered a not guilty plea Tuesday before Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler. Along with husband Craig Castle, Darlene Castle is accused of robbing Cash Advance in July. (Todd Kleffman photo)

The Danville man accused of raping an employee during the robbery of a check-cashing business pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Boyle Circuit Court.

Arlen Craig Castle, 42, of 442 Patrician Place, Apt. 2, was indicted in August for first-degree robbery, rape, sodomy, kidnapping, sexual abuse and tampering with evidence stemming from the robbery of Cash Advance on Hustonville Road on July 6.

His wife, Darlene Castle, 38, also was in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery in connection with the same incident.

Both Castles were assigned public defenders. Their next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 2.

Police said Arlen Castle was armed with a gun when he entered Cash Advance, where he allegedly forced an employee to empty the cash drawer and then forced her into the bathroom, where he sexually assaulted her.

Arlen Castle remains in the Boyle County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond while Darlene Castle is being held under a $25,000 bond.

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In another case Tuesday, Ronald Hawkins II entered a not guilty plea to seven counts of burglary and theft in connection with a string of daylight burglaries in Danville in August in which thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was taken.

Hawkins 23, of 140 Lisa Ave., was indicted last month for allegedly breaking into the homes of Matt and Janice Gordon, Stephanie Anness, Jill Sinkclear, Yvette West, Johnny Raines Jr., Betty Cox and Debbie Pixley. The thefts occurred between Aug. 4 and Aug. 25, according to the indictment.

Hawkins is represented by Danville attorney Matthew Walter. He remains in jail under a $75,000 bond.

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