UPDATE: A-State student bonds out of jail after rape charge filed

UPDATE: A-State student bonds out of jail after rape charge filed

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Poinsett County man charged with the rape of an underage girl has bonded out of jail, according to the jail roster at the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Jonathan Michael Sumner, 19, of Poinsett County walked free after making his initial court appearance Friday.

He was accused of rape on the Arkansas State University campus.

Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge Sumner with rape/sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14.

On Thursday, according to court documents, a witness told Sgt. Brian Shelton of the University Police Department that he had information "concerning an inappropriate relationship" between Sumner and a 13-year-old girl.

The witness provided the detective with a screenshot of a message Sumner reportedly sent him describing a specific sex act with the child.

In another text message, Sumner reportedly stated, "I wrote a suicide note and put it in her mailbox today."

Shelton and an investigator with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Unit went to the victim's home and spoke with her.

According to the court documents, the victim "provided a credible disclosure of sexual abuse by the listed suspect which occurred in his campus housing located at 1115 University Loop East."

The victim's mother also provided police with a handwritten note found on her property Wednesday in which Sumner reportedly wrote, "I told everybody it was a lie. I love you. I'm about to end my life."

According to the affidavit, Sumner attempted suicide Wednesday at his campus apartment. He was taken to a local hospital for screening and then released.

Sumner was removed from campus housing on Thursday and left campus.

Acting on information supplied by the victim, Shelton obtained a warrant and arrested Sumner at his father's home in Harrisburg.

Friday afternoon Sumner appeared in Craighead County District Court.

After the detective advised there may be "another victim" and that Sumner was under a suicide watch, Judge Keith Blackman set Sumner's bond at $100,000. The judge called the amount "appropriate under the circumstances."

The judge also urged the detective to submit a no-contact order between the suspect and the victim.

Shelton told Region 8 News Sumner had been "suspended" from A-State.

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