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Ties Emerge between Gurdon Investigation and UCA Rape Accusations

A sexual indecency with a child case in Gurdon may have connections to a rape accusation on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
CONWAY, AR - We learned last week that a 14-year-old Gurdon High School student told authorities she had sex with a 19-year-old in a school bathroom 4 months after it happened.

One month after the alleged incident the same name popped up in a report of a rape accusation in Conway.

Zachary Thomas Kever, 19, of Searcy faces charges of sexual indecency with a child for an accusation of having sex with a 14-year-old on the campus of Gurdon High School in September 2012.

According to an arrest warrant the claims weren't made until 4 months later.

The Department of Human Services stresses the importance of reporting any incident when it happens.

"We know it's not easy to tell people about something awful that happened to you but it can make a difference," DHS Communications Director, Amy Webb said. "It not only could possibly stop the abuse against that child but maybe future children as well."

According to some UCA students it may have been the difference in an alleged rape accusation on their campus.

"It's pretty messed up how the whole situation was," remembers freshman, Levi Sims.

Sims reflects back on the handful of rape accusations in the fall semester of 2012.

One of them included a non-student named Zachary Thomas Kever.

The thought of potentially preventing that instance has Sims wishing something was done differently.

Sims added, "People have got to report that."

According to the arrest report, the principal of Gurdon High School reported a teacher witnessed Kever and the 14-year-old walking out of a bathroom  together. The district says they were disciplined for skipping.

The District insists they had no evidence of the alleged sexual encounter, which left it to the student to report.

The clark county prosecutor reports they have a detective looking in to the connection.

Because it is only a matter of what if, UCA police wouldn't comment beyond confirming that Kever was released following the accusation because the accuser decided not to pursue charges.

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