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Man, 54, arrested on rape charges

A 54-year-old man who lives in a R.V. park northeast of Jacksonville in Pulaski County was arrested on April 30 on charges of non-forcible statutory rape after he allegedly had sex with a 12-year-old girl.

Robert E. Woods resides at the Cabot RV Park, 2812 Backbone Road, Cabot, Lot 4.

He was taken into custody after the owners of the R.V. Park, Lee R. and Hsiang Y. Melton, told police they recorded Woods and the girl having sex.

On April 30, the Meltons reported a sex crime that occurred on April 27.

“The Meltons said they had video surveillance of a middle aged man having sex with a twelve year old girl,” said Officer Sam Brandon of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Both the suspect and the victim are known to the Meltons, according to Brandon.

Brandon added the girl was visiting another lot at the R.V. Park during the day of the incident.

“The Meltons explained that there had been vandalism in the area.

They were reviewing the video to determine the culprit,” Brandon said. “In doing so, they discovered the video of Woods and (the) juvenile.”

The incident occurred in the laundry room at approximately 2:20 p.m.

“I watched the video. It clearly showed Woods and juvenile engaged in sexual intercourse,” Brandon said. “They kissed several times. Skin to skin and beneath the clothing, Woods touched the breasts, buttocks, and crotch of juvenile with his mouth, hands, and genitals. It appeared in the video that Woods penetrated juvenile. The sexual encounter continued, in intervals, for over an hour,” said Brandon.

The incident between Woods and the girl appeared to be mutually consensual, said Brandon.

“However, since it involved a 54-year-old adult and a 12-year-old child, the activity was clearly criminal,” said Brandon.

Sheriff’s office Investigator Jay Massiet responded to the scene and then investigator Jerry Spradlin arrived to assist him shortly thereafter. A few hours later, other investigators arrested Woods.

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