Man charged with rape and sexual assault of two minors

A criminal case was recently filed in Newton County Circuit Court alleging the rape and sexual assault of a seven-year-old female and a four-year-old female.

51CR-20-71 and 51CR-20-72: Rickie D. Long, 59, of Harrison, was formally charged on Aug. 28 with rape, a class Y felony and sexual assault, a class B felony.

The charges stem from events on or about Aug. 18. According to court information, the Newton County Sheriff's Office received a 911 phone call from the victim's mother who discovered the defendant in a bedroom with her daughter. Deputies were close to the Western Grove address and responded to the call. The defendant was found nearby walking with his son and daughter-in-law. They were detained and brought to the sheriff's office for questioning. The mother and the juvenile went to Grandma's House Child Advocacy Center in Harrison in order to perform a forensic interview with the juvenile and obtain a rape kit if possible.

The information relates that the juvenile described the encounter during which the defendant touched her under her clothes. The juvenile also related that the defendant had done this to her before at his home in Harrison when she was six years old.

The juvenile was asked if anyone ever told her not to say anything about the incidents. She advised that the defendant told her to not tell anyone, because he would get in trouble.

The court information was amended and Long was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault.

In a post-Miranda interview, the defendant admitted that he inappropriately touched another child. It was discovered the other girl was a four-year-old who was at the home of the first child when the original complaint was made.

During a forensic interview the second child described the same actions of the defendant and said it was the only time the incident happened to her.

The defendant appeared in court on Sept. 2 and pleaded not guilty to the charges as filed. A reappearance is schedule for Sept. 23.

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