Boone County Sheriff Danny Hickman said charges had been filed in the Juvenile Division of Boone County Circuit Court against a 15 year old male for multiple counts of Rape.
Hickman said his investigators had been working more sex crimes than normal for the last few weeks, but said there was no clear reason for the increased number. “These crimes receive a very high priority within our department,” Hickman said. “Sometimes we have to put less serious cases on the back burner while we focus on these. We always try to ensure the safety and care of the victims while building a case against the offender.”
Hickman went on to say in this case the 15 year old male had admitted to at least 10 separate incidents that are classified as rape under Arkansas Criminal Law. If the offender were an adult, each separate conviction could carry a 25 year minimum sentence. Because of the age of the offender, he was released to family members with controls in place to prevent contact with the victim.