Man arrested, charged with raping 8-year-old girl | Crime
A Jonesboro man was arrested Sunday on a charge of raping a young girl.
Jason Sanders, 32, is accused of fondling and “digitally penetrating” an 8-year-old girl.
According to the initial police report, the assault occurred Friday night at a home in the 3800-block of Bridlewood.
Investigators say the child was “trying to sleep” when Sanders came into her room and told her to take off her pants.
When she refused, the child told police Sanders removed her underwear and “began to fondle her vaginal area” then placed his finger inside her.
The girl told police it felt “like she was peeing and bleeding at the same time.”
Afterward the young girl told police that she was “still in pain and it hurt to go to the bathroom.”
The child told investigators Sanders had done something similar to her about a year ago; but, “she was too scared to tell anyone.”
The child told her mother about the alleged assault on Sunday, after making her mom “pinkie swear” to not tell anyone, the report stated.
Upon hearing the child’s story, the mother took the girl to the emergency room of a local hospital. Staff then notified police and contacted the child abuse hotline.
The Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children division was also notified and an investigator interviewed the child and her mother. The child also underwent a physical examination.
Officers arrested Sanders at home in the 3700-block of Race Street and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
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