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Man charged with rape of unresponsive teen

Dakota Balentine (Source: Randolph County Detention Center) Dakota Balentine (Source: Randolph County Detention Center)
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

In Pocahontas, an investigation into an incident involving minors and alcohol landed one man behind bars with a rape charge.

According to a Pocahontas Police Department incident report, two teenage girls, 17- and 15-years old, snuck out of the house they were supposed to be staying at.

When the grandmother of one of the girls discovered they were gone, she went to a house on Payne Street in an attempt to find them.

Inside, she said she found a 19-year-old man on the couch having sex with the 17-year-old. In a back bedroom, she told police a man was lying on top of the 15-year-old.

Police were then called to the house in reference to the incident.

When police arrived, the 15-year-old girl was lying in bed without any pants on. Police say attempts to wake her were unsuccessful. An ambulance was called to the scene for the unresponsive teen.

Meanwhile, officers were dispatched to a gas station where the two men were. Police read them their Miranda Rights and the two told police they wished to talk to them.

Dakota Balentine, 20, of Smithville told police he and his friend met the two girls at a gas station.

Balentine said the girls were already drunk when they arrived, then asked if he and his friend wanted to drink with them.

The 19-year-old man with Balentine told police he had been drinking vodka and beer but Balentine claimed he was not drinking at all because he was driving.

He told police they followed them to the home on Payne Street.

Balentine told police they had to carry one girl inside to the bed. Police say the girl was 15 years old.

Balentine told police he was laying in bed with her when she made advances toward him.

"Dakota stated 'I gave in. Who wouldn't in that situation?'" Officer Anthony Parten stated in his report.

Balentine told police he didn't know how old the girl was.

Though Balentine was not initially charged, further investigation landed him behind bars on a rape charge as the girl was unresponsive and unable to say no.

Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett told Region 8 News the charge is a class Y felony

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