Paragould massage therapist arrested for rape, multiple new victims come forward

Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 10:35 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 9:14 PM CDT
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PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - Multiple victims have come forward after police arrested a Paragould massage therapist on suspicion of rape.

According to court documents on Friday, Sept. 9, a woman reported that 73-year-old Phillip Brinkley sexually assaulted her while she was getting a massage at a local massage parlor.

“The victim disclosed a sexual act that constitutes rape by definition of the statute,” the affidavit stated.

During an interview on Monday, Sept. 12, police said Brinkley “gave self-incriminating statements.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Greene County District Judge Daniel Stidham found probable cause to charge Brinkley with one count of rape and set his bond at $75,000 in any form. He was released soon after.

New court affidavits say on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Thursday, Sept. 15, two other women reported they had been sexually assaulted by Brinkley when getting a massage at a local massage parlor.

One victim said her assault happened in April 2012, and the other said her assault happened in Oct. 2020.

According to the online jail roster, Brinkley was arrested again on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with no bond listed at this time. He is set to appear in court on Thursday, Sept. 29.