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Former Evening Shade man charged with rape

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A former Evening Shade man has been arrested for rape, after admitting he had sexually abused a female, beginning when she was nine years old, when he lived in Sharp County. The rape charges stem from multiple incidents in both Sharp and Lawrence Counties, where the suspect currently resides.

According to a case report obtained from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Curtis Gene Richey, 36, was arrested in Lawrence County for the rape, and will also face charges in Sharp County.

The charges stem from a case where a 16-year-old female alleged she had been molested since she was a child and divulged she was also raped by Richey, who now lives in Imboden.

In June, the female victim was interviewed by Jim Milam, an Arkansas Crimes Against Children (CAC) Investigator. She described the alleged incidents, beginning when she lived in Evening Shade. She told the detective that Richey would take her to an empty trailer near her home and sexually molested her "countless times." The victim said Richey threatened her if she told anyone about the incidents.

Milam and Lawrence County Detective Andrew Turner then interviewed Richey. After being Mirandized, Richey spoke with investigators who advised him of the statements made against him. At first he denied the allegations, but later admitted to several sexual acts over a long period of time, including taking the girls clothes off, digital introduction into the girls body and peforming oral sex on the victim. Richey denied having intercourse with her, despite the victim's account. He also stated the incidents began when she was 12, not 9 as the victim alleged.

An affidavit for rape was filed by Detective Seargant Ken Guidry with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department in July, charging Richey with rape.

He is currently incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.Turner said he will also face a rape charge in Sharp County, as the incidents occurred in both counties.

His bond is set at $25,000 cash. Richey has an Oct. 31 trial date in Lawrence County.

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