NLR man ar­rested in sex abuse of girl

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Obituaries -

A North Lit­tle Rock man was ar­rested Thurs­day on ac­cu­sa­tions that he sex­u­ally as­saulted a child mul­ti­ple times be­tween Thanks­giv­ing and Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

North Lit­tle Rock of­fi­cers ar­rested Al­jawaun James Cole, 27, on three charges of rape Thurs­day af­ter a girl was taken to Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal with vagi­nal pain and told her mother that Cole had as­saulted her and told her she couldn’t tell any­one, an af­fi­davit for a war­rant for Cole’s ar­rest said.

The child’s age is redacted in the af­fi­davit.

Cole re­port­edly tried to bribe the girl, promis­ing to buy her a phone for Christ­mas and of­fer­ing her money if she would not tell her mother about the as­sault, court doc­u­ments said. Cole re­port­edly also told the child they would both be in trou­ble if her mother found out, the af­fi­davit said.

The girl’s tes­ti­mony in­di­cates Cole may have as­saulted a sec­ond child as well in late Novem­ber, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. The girl told po­lice she and the sec­ond child de­cided not to tell any­one be­cause they feared get­ting into trou­ble.

Cole was in the Pu­laski County jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond Fri­day night.

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