JONESBORO — A Greene County man was released Wednesday on a $50,000 bond following his arrest on suspicion of raping a teen girl.
The Jonesboro Police Department received a November report from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division containing an allegation that James Wilson, 53, of Paragould, raped a minor female, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The victim, now 16 years old, claimed Wilson engaged in nonconsensual sex with her “a year and a half ago.” In a forensic interview, the girl told investigators that Wilson picked her up from band practice and when he brought her home, he gave her vodka.
To thwart Wilson, she told him that she was going to take a nap and pretended to sleep in her room. The suspect, however, came into the room and sat her up.
“The juvenile victim stated that she laid back due to being ‘kind of out of it’ due to having alcohol,” the sworn document read. “(She) stated that Wilson began touching her and she told him, ‘No, stop,’ but that Wilson did not and she tried to push him off of her but it was useless because she was intoxicated.”
The middle-aged man proceeded to grope the victim before raping the teen, the affidavit states, and left before her mother came home. “Her family blocked Wilson on all social media so that he could not connect them anymore but recently, Wilson called and sent her a message using his ex-wife’s phone.”
Records show that Wilson was arrested Tuesday evening. District Court Judge David Boling found probable cause Wednesday to charge Wilson with rape, a Class Y felony punishable by 10-40 years or life imprisonment.
Prosecutors recommended a $75,000 bond for Wilson’s pretrial release, JPD Detective Keri Varner told Boling. In an effort to secure a low bond for his client, attorney Steve Imboden cited Wilson’s lack of a criminal record, military service and lifelong ties to Northeast Arkansas.
Wilson is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Jan 22 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro. A no-contact order between him and the victim was enacted.