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Man charged with New Year's Eve rape

John Faughn, September 21, 2013 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) John Faughn, September 21, 2013 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
John Faughn, August 18, 2013 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) John Faughn, August 18, 2013 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
John Faughn, July 22, 2013 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) John Faughn, July 22, 2013 (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – On New Year's Eve a Memphis woman traveled to Jonesboro to attend a party at a friend's home in the RidgePointe subdivision.

The next day she was in a local emergency room being examined for a sexual assault.

The woman told Jonesboro police she believed someone had drugged her then had intercourse with her while she was "out of it," court records stated.

She told investigators she remembered being on her side and a "skinny male subject" having sex with her.

On February 20, police arrested John Faughn, 19, of Jonesboro on a charge of rape.

According to the initial police report, Faughn was one of six suspects detectives interviewed.

During his interview, Faughn reportedly admitted he had sex with the victim; but he claimed she was "fully aware that they were having sex."

According to the affidavit, the victim "adamantly denies being conscious during the incident."

On Thursday, Faughn appeared before Judge Keith Blackman who set his bond at $3,000.

Faughn posted the bond and was released.

This is not the first time Faughn has been in trouble with the law.

According to police records obtained by Region 8 News, he was arrested on July 22, 2013, on a charge of criminal trespass.

Faughn was accused of going to his ex-girlfriend's home and initiating a confrontation with a male friend of hers, the police report stated.

According to records, Faughn had been criminally banned from the property a few weeks prior to the event.

Officers took Faughn to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was cited and left in lieu of $165 surety bond. 

Less than a month later, Faughn was arrested again on charges of residential burglary, false imprisonment, fleeing, first degree assault, theft of property and harassment.

The police report stated that early on the morning of August 18 Faughn went to his ex-girlfriend's home to discuss their relationship.  When she got into his car, Faughn sped off.

According to the police report, Faughn drove the woman to the Big Lot's parking lot on Woodsprings Road and "asked her to have sex with him."

The woman refused and jumped out of the car, the report stated.

The victim told investigators as she was running toward Highway 63, Faughn chased her down and tackled her to the ground. 

He then tried to drag her back to his car, the report stated.

The woman managed to get away again and ran across the highway.

A couple of joggers saw the struggle and called police.

When officers arrived, Faughn reportedly sped off in his 2010 BMW. 

An officer chased Faughn to the area of Church and Steele and ordered him out of the car at gunpoint.

Faughn was taken to the CCDC where he was held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

On August 20 he appeared before Judge Curt Huckaby for a probable cause hearing. 

Huckaby reduced Faughn's bond to $5,000 due to his having "no criminal history" and having family in Jonesboro, the report stated.

Huckaby set Faughn's court date for September 30.

On September 21, Faughn was back in jail.

He was charged with assault, criminal mischief and violation of a no-contact order.

According to the police report, Faughn had once again gone to his ex-girlfriend's home and assaulted her and a friend.

Faughn then left the scene on foot.

Police arrested him a short time later at a home in the 3100-block of Race Street.

He was taken to the CCDC where he was cited and given a September 23 court date.

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