Prokop sentenced for sexual assault
Vincent Prokop, 29, of Cherokee Village, was sentenced to one year in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with 90 months suspended sentence, by Judge Harold Erwin Oct. 3 for the charge of sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony.
Prior to the plea agreement, Prokop was facing charges of rape, computer child pornography and pandering or possessing visual or print medium depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
As part of the plea, the charge of rape was lowered to sexual assault in the second degree and the additional charges were nolle processed.
The charges stem from an incident in August of 2018.
According to the affidavit for warrant of arrest, on Aug. 15 of last year, the mother of the 15-year-old female victim visited with Sharp County Detective Cody Bailey.
While speaking with Bailey, the mother explained her daughter had received sexually explicit text messages from Prokop and that he had raped the juvenile at a residence in Cherokee Village.
Due to the nature of the conversation, the interview was turned over to Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Investigator Joshua Dixson.
Copies of explicit the text messages sent from Prokop to the victim were provided to Bailey.
After the incident at the home in Cherokee, a short amount of time passed and Prokop again began to send messages and request nude photographs of the victim.
While speaking with Dixson, the victim provided details of the assault.
In late August of 2018, Prokop was brought in for questioning. After being advised of his rights, Prokop initially denied any inappropriate relationship between himself and the victim.
Once presented with a copy of the text messages, he said he had “done and said some things he shouldn’t”,
the report said.
Following the interview, Prokop was placed under arrest.
Following his sentencing Oct. 3, Prokop will receive 108 days jail credit for time served but will be required to register as a sex offender.