A Conway man was arrested earlier this week after a woman reported to the sheriff’s office that he raped her when she was 14 years old.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim confided in family members years after the fact about her concerns that 31-year-old Frank Paul Arnold III may try to rape another child in the family.
The woman recalled the events leading up to her claims, noting on Christmas Day five years ago the power was out at her grandmother’s house on Rolling Manor Drive when she and her sister went with Arnold to his home next door to play cards. Arnold, she said, was a member of the family through marriage.
It was Dec. 25, 2012, as the victim and her sister left with Arnold to play cards. While at his house, she said he made the two girls mixed drinks.
“She said she had never had an alcoholic beverage before but felt pressure,” the affidavit stated. “She said she took a couple of sips from a plastic cup and only remembers parts of the evening after that.”
She disclosed this week what she remembered from that night with FCSO investigators.
According to the affidavit, she woke up at 8 a.m. the following morning wearing someone else’s pajama pants and a T-shirt, not knowing where the clothes she had been wearing were. While back at her grandmother’s home, the victim reported she “became physically ill and began to vomit.”
“She said she did not have on any under clothing and did not know where her clothes were,” the affidavit reads.
The victim said she recently confided with other family members regarding the incident and was encouraged to report the allegations to the sheriff’s department “because Mr. Arnold has access to other children and she does not want Mr. Arnold to sexually assault or rape anyone else.”
Arnold is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. for a plea and arraignment hearing.