Jury trial has been set for May 9-12, 2006, for a Salem man charged with multiple counts of rape of a minor female.
Daniel DeJesus, 49, of Glencoe was charged Oct. 27 with 14 counts of rape involving a female under the age of 14, a class Y felony. He was released on a $50,000 bond after turning himself in.
DeJesus was arraigned in Fulton County Circuit Court Nov. 8, represented by attorney Stewart Lambert. His pretrial hearing has been set for April 18, 2006.
According to the arrest affidavit, the sexual abuse occurred repeatedly, beginning in January 2001, when the victim was approximately 8 years old, and continued through February 2004.
The alleged victim told Arkansas State Police investigator Becy Vacco that the abuse started when De Jesus fondled her at his home in Horseshoe Bend.
The sexual assault continued after the suspect moved to Glencoe, according to the accuser, who said De Jesus had sexual intercourse with her 14 or 15 times when she was 12 or 13. She told investigators De Jesus also performed other sex acts with her.
The accuser told Vacco she thought he stopped sexually assaulting her when she got older for fear she would report him to police.
The accuser's mother told Vacco that she had confronted De Jesus in 2001 or 2002 after another man reported seeing the defendant "messing with" the girl. The suspect denied the accusation and the girl's mother said she believed him, according to Vacco.
Special Agent Gordon Diffee interviewed the other man who "reluctantly" confirmed he had witnessed inappropriate conduct by the defendant with the alleged victim, according to the affidavit.