Man accused of raping child

James Edwards Oralls was arrested and charged with rape on Wednesday, July 27.
James Edwards Oralls was arrested and charged with rape on Wednesday, July 27.(Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 9:25 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:56 AM CDT
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BROOKLAND, Ark. (KAIT) – A 51-year-old Brookland man is behind bars after police said he sexually assaulted a child.

Police arrested James Edwards Oralls last week on one count of suspected rape.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Thursday, July 21, an officer responded to a Jonesboro school regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the city.

The victim reportedly told investigators that Oralls had performed various sexual acts on multiple occasions.

When detectives interviewed Oralls, he denied the acts and called the victim “a liar.”

However, the affidavit stated that Oralls later admitted to an investigator that he had performed the acts on the child “within the last two weeks.”

On Friday, a Craighead County district court judge found probable cause to charge Oralls with rape and ordered him to be held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with the victim or anyone under 18.

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