FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2014
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
JONESBORO CHILD RAPIST SENTENCED TO PRISON
JONESBORO, AR – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Friday that a Jonesboro man accused of raping three minor children was sentenced to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges.
Ellington said John David Richardson, 36, of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty in Craighead County Circuit Court to three charges of rape and was sentenced to 33 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The case was assigned to Circuit Judge Victor Hill.
“Because Richardson has previously been convicted of sexual assault on a child, he will serve 100% of the sentence imposed today,” Ellington said. “Our office had in depth discussions with the victims’ families and the investigating officer and all were in agreement to the sentence that was imposed.”
Jonesboro Det. Sgt. Cassie Brandon began the investigation in April 2014 after receiving a report from the Trumann Police Department. Shortly thereafter, Brandon made contact with Richardson and a search of his cell phone revealed an additional victim. Following the first two arrests, a third minor victim came forward and reported that Richardson had made sexual contact with her prior to the first arrest, Ellington said.
Ellington praised Det. Sgt. Brandon and the officers of the Jonesboro Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit for their tireless efforts in bringing Richardson to justice. Ellington also credited Det. Missy Duran of the Trumann Police Department for her role in providing assistance in the initial investigation.
“I am proud of the collaborative efforts of my deputy prosecutors Mike Walden, Alan Copelin and Tracye Walker, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Trumann Police Department,” Ellington said.
Craighead County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Mike Walden, Alan Copelin and Tracye Walker, of Jonesboro, prosecuted the case. Richardson was represented by Jonesboro attorney Charlene Henry.