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Police: Man raped 2 teens under Jonesboro overpass

Christopher Franklin (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Christopher Franklin (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Missouri man faces rape charges after police say he forced two teens to have sex with each other and with him under a Jonesboro overpass.

According to court documents, Christopher Daniel Franklin, 29, of St. Joseph assaulted the 14 and 15-year-old victims during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.

The victims told investigators they went to visit Franklin and his wife at the Fairview Hotel, 3000 Apache Street, then walked with Franklin to a nearby house where he smoked methamphetamine.

Several hours later Franklin and the victims left the house. The victims told investigators Franklin led them under the Willow Road overpass where he forced the two teens to have sex with each other and then with him.

According to the court document, the victims were “hesitant and unwilling the whole time.”

The victims, accompanied by their parents, reported the incident to Jonesboro police on June 30. The victims were then taken to the Arkansas State Police's Crimes Against Children Office and interviewed using specific child interview techniques, the affidavit stated.

On Friday, Jan. 2, District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge Franklin with rape. Four days later Franklin was arrested in Missouri and transferred to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday.

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