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Town in Shock Following Arrest of Fire Chief in Rape of a Minor Investigation

A prominent public figure of a small town has been arrested and is now under investigation for rape of a minor. The arrest shocked the small town of Whelen Springs in Clark County.
WHELEN SPRINGS, AR - Clark County Deputies arrested Sam Lemay, 73, of Whelen Springs Friday (10/19).

Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson confirms Lemay's arrest and that he's in custody at the Clark County Jail while being investigated for rape of a minor.

Lemay is the Chief of the Volunteer Fire Station.

Whelen Springs resident, Vera Daugherty, says he's very active in the community.

"I can't believe it," she said. "He's real big in the church."

Many questions were still left unanswered over the weekend.

One day following Lemay's arrest by Clark County deputies, details about allegations of the small town fire chief are limited with Sheriff Watson only saying its very early in the investigation.

Clark County authorities are expected to release more information in the coming days as their investigation continues.

Either way, it's an investigation and arrest that shocked this Clark County town.

"I just pray for him ... pray for the whole family," Daugherty added. "I just can't believe something like this is goin on in this little town but I can't believe it out of that family."
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