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Constable placed on $250,000 bond, charged with rape

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:46 PM CDT
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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) - A bond hearing for an elected Randolph County official was held after his second arrest in two months.

Constable Coby Ryan Poe, 32, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of rape. This comes after he was arrested for several other sex charges in April.

In the affidavit, a female victim claims Poe had sex with her against her will at a party. Pocahontas Sgt. Rocky Jones said the incident is not related to Poe’s April arrest.

The current charges and those from Poe’s arrest two months a led to the bond amount of $250,000 cash-only.

“Those are very serious charges and one of the factors in a bond consideration is the likelihood of re-offense,” Prosecuting Attorney John Pettie said. “The state feels like that coupled together with Mr. Poe being a danger to public safety was enough to warrant request $250,000 cash-only.”

Poe didn’t have much to say at the hearing today, but he did deny all charges while telling his family, who were in tears, he loved them.

Poe was first arrested in April on suspicion of attempted rape, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, and pandering.

According to Arkansas Court Connect, the charges were upgraded April 23 to rape, criminal attempt, transporting and distributing materials depicting a child-1st offense, and three counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Poe has been a constable since Nov. 2020 in Randolph County.

Bell said Poe is technically still a constable in the county.

However, if Poe is convicted in the cases, there would be a process to remove him as constable.

Bell also said as part of the conditions of Poe’s bail in the first case, Poe could not possess a firearm or a blue light so any powers to serve as a constable were removed.

Poe’s next appearance in court on the new charges will be on September 7.

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