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11 Arrests in Jonesboro Rape, Sexting Case Involving 12-Year-Old Girl

Police say four of those arrested in three-month investigation are juveniles.
Mark Carranza, 19, of Jonesboro, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Mark Carranza, 19, of Jonesboro, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Brent Crow, 19, of Paragould, charged with Rape. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Brent Crow, 19, of Paragould, charged with Rape. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Eric Emery, 19, of Rector, charged with Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department.
Eric Emery, 19, of Rector, charged with Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department.
 Lukus Oden, 19, of Paragould, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Lukus Oden, 19, of Paragould, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Kevin Dunhoo, 18, of Trumann, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Kevin Dunhoo, 18, of Trumann, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Benjamin Vardel, 18, of Jonesboro, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
Benjamin Vardel, 18, of Jonesboro, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography. Photo Courtesy: Jonesboro Police Department
JONESBORO, AR - The Jonesboro Police Department has made 11 arrests in a rape and sexting case involving a 12-year-old girl.

The Jonesboro Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and High Tech Crimes Unit, along with the Craighead County Juvenile Office served multiple warrants today after a three-month investigation that also looked into suspected computer child pornography.

The case dates back to December when police began looking for the girl after she was reported as a runaway. During the search, investigators discovered she may have been involved in sexual activity with someone who was over age 16. Interviews by the Craighead County Juvenile Office and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children disclosed that the victim was possibly coerced into sexual activity with men up to 27-years-old.

Arrest warrants were issued after a forensic examination of the victim’s phone led to more than 59-thousand SMS and MMS messages.

A total of seven adults were arrested today along with four juveniles. The adults are identified as:
  • Matthew Gifford, 27, of Brookland, charged with Rape (arrested in February)
  • Mark Carranza, 19, of Jonesboro, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography
  • Brent Crow, 19, of Paragould, charged with Rape
  • Eric Emery, 19, of Rector, charged with Computer Child Pornography
  • Lukus Oden, 19, of Paragould, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography
  • Kevin Dunhoo, 18, of Trumann, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography
  • Benjamin Vardel, 18, of Jonesboro, charged with Rape, Computer Child Pornography
Bond hearings for the suspects will be held Wednesday morning at the Craighead County Jail.

Other agencies assisting in the service of the warrants include the U.S. Secret Service, Arkansas State Police, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Brookland Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Paragould Police Department and Truman Police Department.

Jonesboro Police say the investigation is not yet complete and more arrests are expected.
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