'Pizza party' leads to child rape charge

'Pizza party' leads to child rape charge
Donald Havens (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)
Donald Havens (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of raping a young girl told police he was just having a "pizza party" when he got into bed with the child.

Donald Havens, 48, of Trumann is charged with raping a person less than 14 years of age.

According to the Trumann Police Department's incident report, the 7-year-old victim revealed the abuse to a therapist at a local mental health center who then contacted the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children.

The child reportedly told the counselor Havens, who was staying with the child's relative, had climbed into bed with her one night 9 months ago and "digitally penetrated" her. The child later reported the incident to the relative.

The relative told police she attempted to contact Havens, but by that time he had "changed his phone number, deleted her from Facebook, and severed all contact with her," the report said.

On April 29, Havens was arrested in Searcy and taken back to Trumann.

After he was read his Miranda rights, police say Havens at first said the victim's relative was "setting him up," the report said.

He also offered "several dates and times of places he was incarcerated," but none of them ruled out the date in question, police said.

As questioning continued, investigators say Havens admitted to having a "pizza party" with the victim.

According to the incident report, Havens saw the child was eating pizza so he went and retrieved a piece and went to the child's bedroom.

"He said they would just have a pizza party and got in bed with her," the report said.

Havens, however, denied having any contact with the victim and said the alleged act did not happen.

Havens is being held at the Poinsett County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond awaiting an appearance in Circuit Court.

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