Bono man accused of permitting child abuse

Bono man accused of permitting child abuse

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County district court judge found probable cause Thursday to charge a Bono man with allowing another man to sexually abuse a young girl.

In April 2015, Jonesboro police arrested and charged James Lee Haggenmacher, 42, of Jonesboro with second-degree sexual assault.

Investigators accused Haggenmacher of sleeping with a 12-year-old girl on numerous occasions and touching her inappropriately.

In December, Prosecuting Attorney Charles Finkenbinder "developed information leading to probable cause to charge Jerry Wayne Jones, 35, of Bono with permitting abuse of a minor," according to court documents.

After reviewing the information, District Court Judge Keith Blackman issued a bench warrant for Jones's arrest.

On Thursday, officers arrested Jones at his home in the 200-block of Parnell Lane in Bono.

According to the initial incident report, when questioned about the alleged abuse, Jones told investigators "Nothing happened. I wouldn't have allowed it."

However, the affidavit stated, Jones admitted he was with Haggenmacher when he purchased a specialized license plate with his and the victim's names on it surrounded by hearts.

Jones appeared in district court that same day where Blackman found probable cause to charge him with permitting child abuse and set his bond at $2,500.

Jones, according to records from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office, posted bond and was released.

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