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Woman charged with 5 counts of rape

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 4:47 PM CST
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PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - A Paragould woman is free on a $150,000 bond after a judge found probable cause to charge her with five counts of raping a minor.

According to the court documents, police received information on Dec. 24 that the underage victim had disclosed a sexual relationship with Kisha Lynn Clayton, 36, to their family.

Detective Robert Sexton stated he was provided text messages between the minor and Clayton that detailed “a long sexual history.”

During an interview with detectives, police alleged Clayton made “incriminating statements.”

After reviewing the case, Greene County District Judge Dan Stidham found probable cause existed to arrest Clayton on five counts of rape.

She is currently free on bond awaiting her first appearance in circuit court.

According to the terms of her bond, Clayton is to have no contact with the victim.

In a statement to Region 8 News, Micah Brinkley, the CEO and Executive Director of Children’s Home, Inc. of Paragould said Clayton was a former employee there.

Brinkley released a statement Thursday about the case.

“We have been made aware of recent allegations of sexual misconduct against one of our former employees. Children’s Homes, Inc. has zero tolerance for such misconduct. We are fully cooperating with the investigation. Given that this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further and do not want to say or do anything that could interfere with the investigation. We would welcome you to join us in prayer for all of the involved individuals,” Brinkley said.

Lauria Baker, executive director for the Greene County Community Fund, said Thursday that Clayton was also a board member with the group for one year, seven years ago.

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