A Boone County man, 59-year-old Rickie D. Long of Harrison, has entered a not guilty plea in Newton County Circuit Court to two charges of rape and three of felony sexual assault. Online court records indicate Long is charged in a second case with single counts of rape and felony sexual assault. The charge of rape is a Class Y felony. Class Y felonies are the most serious classification of crime in Arkansas not punishable by death.
According to the probable cause affidavit in the first case, in mid-August, Long is alleged to have engaged in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person less than 14 years of age.
When law enforcement responded to the residence in Western Grove, they found Long, walking near the home, with his son and daughter-in-law. All three were detained for questioning.
During an interview with the victim at Grandma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center in Harrison, it was learned there was allegedly an earlier interaction with Long.
In an interview at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Long reportedly admitted to an incident involving a second child, leading to the separate felony charges.
Long is being held in the Newton County jail on combined bonds of $160,000.