Benton Police Officer Arrested on Juvenile Rape Charge

Lt. Monte Hodge is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
BENTON, AR -- A city police officer has been arrested and charged with raping a juvenile, according to reports.

Lt. Monte Hodge, an 18-year veteran with the Benton Police Department (BPD), was arrested Wednesday after the Arkansas State Police notified the BPD of the alleged incident on Oct. 26.

The Benton Police Department sent the following statement out via email on the case:

On 10/26/13, the Benton Police Department was notified by the Arkansas State Police that an officer with our agency was allegedly involved in an off-duty incident they were investigating. The officer in question, Lt. Monte Hodge, was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 
An internal investigation was immediately launched into this allegation and we’ve worked closely with investigators throughout the entire ordeal. The internal investigation is still on-going at this time.

Lt. Hodge has been with the Benton Police Department for over 18 years and was assigned to the patrol division until Oct. 26th. We respectively refer all questions regarding the investigation to the Arkansas State Police or Special Prosecutor Chuck Graham, the Lonoke County Prosecutor.  

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