Man accused of forcing child to perform sex act

Man accused of forcing child to perform sex act

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Mississippi County man is in jail accused of forcing a child to perform a sex act on him.

Bryan Caruthers, 26, was arrested on Sept. 18 for rape, refusal to submit to arrest and fleeing, according to Capt. Scott Adams, Criminal Investigation Division commander for the Blytheville Police Department.

Caruthers was arraigned in Osceola District Court Tuesday where a judge found probable cause and set bond at $300,000. The bond was a continuation of a temporary bond set by the same judge after Caruthers was arrested.

The arrest is in connection to a June 25 incident involving an 8-year-old.

The victim, according to Adams, told officers she was at a relative's home in the 1400-block of East Rose Street when Caruthers pulled her into the kitchen.

Caruthers then forced her to perform a sex act on him, the victim told police.

Blytheville police and Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children division investigated the incident and presented the findings to a prosecutor for review. A warrant was later issued for Caruthers, Adams stated.

On the day of his arrest Caruthers was found by Blytheville officers walking in the 1100-block of Hearn Street.

Adams stated officers asked Caruthers for identification. He reportedly gave a false name, pulled up his pants and began to flee.

Officers used a stun gun to stop Caruthers who fell to the ground causing minor injuries, Adams said.

The man was later questioned and denied all allegations against him.

A court date of Oct. 27 was set for Caruthers in Blytheville.

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