Man charged with sexually assaulting infant at Walmart

Man charged with sexually assaulting infant at Walmart

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County District Court judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a Jonesboro man with sexual assault after police say he groped an infant at Walmart.

On Monday police responded to a call at Walmart, 1815 E. Highland, regarding a man who was "harassing customers" and had "sexually assaulted an infant there," court documents stated.

Officers spoke with multiple witnesses and victims who identified the suspect as Deqwon Delrico McGowan, 20, of Jonesboro.

Three victims, according to the affidavit, said McGowan had either "followed, touched, pushed, or otherwise harassed them while inside the store."

The grandmother of a 7-month-old victim said McGowan, "grabbed the crotch (genital) area of the infant." She told officers McGowan "smiled at me while he did it."

According to the affidavit, McGowan did not let go of the infant's genital area until she physically removed his hand.

"Walmart surveillance video obtained supports all the listed victims and witnesses' claims for Mr. McGowan," the court documents stated.

Upon reviewing the affidavit, Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge McGowan with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony punishable by up to $15,000 fine and 5-20 years in prison. He also charged McGowan with Harassment/conduct that repeatedly causes alarm or serious annoys another, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $2,500 and up to one year in prison.

Boling set McGowan's bond at $10,000 due to his arrest history.

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