Siloam Springs man sentenced to life for rape
BENTONVILLE — Jose Rufino Garcia-Chicol, 34, of Siloam Springs received a life sentence for raping a 10-year-old girl.
Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren followed the jury’s recommendation on the sentence.
The girl’s mother took her to the Siloam Springs Police Department in December to report her 6-year-old daughter saw Garcia-Chicol kissing her 10-year-old daughter.
The Children’s Advocacy Center interviewed the older girl who described being touched inappropriately by Garcia-Chicol. The girl, who is now 11, and her younger sister testified during the trial.
Garcia-Chicol denied at trial ever having any sexual contact with the girl.
Garcia-Chicol’s criminal cases may not be over. He’s also charged with rape, sexual assault and tampering in another case involving the same girl.