Accused man acquitted on sexual battery charges in Tippah County

By NEMS Daily Journal

RIPLEY – A nearly week-long trial of a Tippah County man on two counts of sexual battery ended Tuesday with an acquittal.
Deravion “DD” Hatch, 20, of Ripley had been charged with having non-consensual sexual contact with a minor female, then 15, at a party in December 2008.
Prosecutors Kelly Luther and Ashley Allen, as well as defense attorney Rob Laher of Tupelo, called both medical professionals and party-goers as witnesses.
“I could not be happier for DD and his family,” Laher said. “He is a fine young man with a bright future now that this ordeal is behind him.”