An 18-year-old faces multiple charges, including rape and abuse of a corpse, after a woman was found dead in a Siloam Springs home, officials said.
On Feb. 17, officers responded to a call around 10 p.m. that someone was dead inside a home in the 200 block of Meadow Court, according to a Siloam Springs Police Department news release.
Officers found the victim and identified her as 20-year-old Leslie Perry of Siloam Springs, police said.
After an investigation into her death, police arrested Austin Grammer of Siloam Springs on Wednesday. An online jail record lists his address as the residence where Perry's body was found.
He is charged with rape, abuse of a corpse, manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence, officials said.
Grammer was booked into the Benton County jail around 8 p.m. and is being held without bail. His court date was not yet listed on online records.
The investigation is ongoing.
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An Oklahoma missionary who volunteered at a children’s home in Kenya was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for sexually assaulting three girls and a boy while working at the facility, according to court documents.
Matthew Lane Durham, 21, was sentenced to four decades in prison by Judge David L. Russell on four counts of “engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places,” according to court documents.
“In a span of just 33 days,” prosecutors wrote to the court, Durham “raped three girls — ages 5, 9 and 15 — at least eight times. During that same time period, he sexually molested a 12-year-old boy twice.”
The prosecutors said that Durham “not only forcefully sexually abused these children,” but “he psychologically damaged them by taking advantage of their trust he received from the children.”
A jury found Durham guilty on seven counts of the charge in June, court records show. Russell acquitted Durham on three of the counts in January, writing that the prosecutors “failed to establish that he engaged in a ‘sexual act’ ” with the children identified in those charges.
Durham’s attorney, Stephen Jones, told CNN on Monday that he plans to appeal the court’s decision.
Fallout in Kenya
The region of the eastern African nation that Durham volunteered in has also been shaken, prosecutors say.
In a sentencing memorandum to the court in February, they wrote that Durham’s actions “have had a chilling effect on the lives of dozens of foreign volunteers in Kenya and elsewhere who must now live under the cloud of suspicion … there is a real perception among Upendo’s local Kenyan community that more pedophiles lurk among the volunteers, especially the male volunteers.”
In 2014, Durham arrived at Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi to volunteer with neglected children, according to the criminal complaint. Durham had previously volunteered at the school three times before.
The organization, funded by an American citizen, recruits volunteers from the Oklahoma church community and provides food, housing and clothes to neglected children in Nairobi, according to the complaint.
Upon arriving in 2014, Durham requested to stay at an “overflow bunk” in the school rather than an off-site facilities with sponsor families to be in a “better position to assist the children,” the complaint says.
A school caretaker began to notice odd behavior between Durham and the children, including “lingering embraces” and “lying beside some of the children on their beds” at night, the complaint says.
Durham was confronted by leaders at the school who then held his passport, the complaint says. They returned the passport to him days later, and he flew back to Oklahoma.
At the time of his arrest, Durham’s attorney told CNN that Durham was coerced into a confession to get his passport back.
PARISH, N.Y. -- A 19-year-old from Oswego County has been arrested on rape charges, according to New York State Police.
On Wednesday, a sexual abuse complaint was filed in Parish. While investigating the incident, troopers learned that Dakota L. Bertges had sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13.
Bertges was taken into custody and is now facing charges of rape in the first degree. He was arraigned in court and sent to the Oswego County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash bail, $50,000 bond.
(KMSP) - Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Hansen did not imagine her nightmare would begin just a few miles from home on a warm summer night in June 2016.
Jasmine and a friend snuck out and walked to a nearby Walmart to meet two men. One of them knew Jasmine’s friend. The other man, 18-year-old S’emaj Okongwu, they had both encountered on social media
Okongwu was a promising cornerback at Apple Valley High School. He was planning on at Itasca Community College the coming season.