PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)
A Paragould man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison for raping a child.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, 26-year-old Brian Thomas Lowe of Paragould was found guilty of rape during a bench trial.
The decision was returned late Wednesday afternoon.
"The victim's family is happy with the conviction and sentencing in this matter," Ellington said in a news release.
Lowe was arrested in May 2014 after Paragould police responded to a disturbance call at a home within city limits.
Once on scene, officers were told that a juvenile had been sexually assaulted by Lowe. The juvenile was interviewed later that day and "disclosed conduct by Lowe that would constitute rape by statute."
Circuit Judge Barbara Halsey sentenced Lowe to 25 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Prosecuting Attorney Ellington stated that he was appreciative of everyone's hard work in this case.
"Mr. Lowe will no longer be able to abuse the victim in this case, or any other child. I commend the work of Sgt. Rhonda Thomas and the Paragould Police Department for acting quickly in this situation," Ellington said. "I'm also appreciative of the work put in by Greene County Deputy Prosecutor Adam Butler in this matter."