A Salem man and a Mountain Home man are charged with sexual assault in separate incidents, both involving 15-year-old females.
Justin G. Rush, 37, of Salem assaulted the victim while she watched television at his home on Fairview Road in Salem April 8, according to Arkansas State Police Special Agent Becky Vacco.
The victim said she pushed him off, went to the bathroom and locked herself in.
Rush later took the girl to her grandmother's house.
Vacco said the victim told a friend about the incident and the friend's mother told the victim's mother April 10. The victim said she didn't tell her mother right away because she was scared and didn't know how to tell her, Vacco said.
Vacco contacted Rush April 11. Rush said he wanted to speak to his attorney before submitting to an interview. The attorney called later and said Rush would not submit to an interview.
Rush is charged with second degree sexual assault, a class B felony. He turned himself into the Fulton County Sheriff's Department May 5 and posted bond.
Rush pleaded not guilty in Fulton County Circuit Court May 8. He is scheduled to be back in court in August.
Enrique D. "Henry" Sanchez, 33, of Mountain Home is also charged with sexual assault on a 15-year-old female in Izard County.
Sanchez is accused of engaging in sexual contact with the female on April 29 while in a position of trust and authority over a minor in Izard County. Authorities arrested Sanchez after an investigation initially conducted by Izard County Deputy Gabe Sanders with assistance from the Arkansas State Police.
Sanchez is charged with second degree sexual assault, a class B felony, which is punishable by five to 20 years in prison.
Sanchez posted bond May 4 in the amount of $15,000 and was released. Sanchez will appear in Izard County Circuit Court for a June 14 hearing.