An investigation dating back to August led to the arrest of Travis W. Miller, 33, of Hardy. Miller was arrested for rape and sexual assault, both class Y felonies by the Hardy Police Department Oct. 15.
According to information obtained from an affidavit from Sharp County Circuit Court, the August interview was conducted by Cherokee Village Police Sergeant Richy Thatcher with the 11-year old female victim's mother. Information obtained in the interview led Thatcher to report the incident to the child abuse hotline which in turn led to an Aug. 11 interview at the Sharp County Sheriff's Department with the victim and her mother.
Based on information obtained from the victim in a video taped interview with Stan Rogers with Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children and Sharp County Detective Ken Guidry, an affidavit was filed with the prosecuting attorney's office that resulted in Miller's arrest for rape, a Class Y felony and second degree sexual assault, a Class B felony.
The affidavit states that Miller agreed to be interviewed by detectives and later, after visiting with his attorney, cancelled his appointment.
Miller posted a $50,000 professional bond with Triple R Bail Bonds and is currently out of jail awaiting his first court appearance on the charges.