A Conway man is being held on $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty to raping his 6-year-old foster daughter.
According to an affidavit filed June 8, Edgar R. Torrance was charged with rape after the girl’s adoptive mother, in October of 2014, reported allegations that Torrance raped the girl while she was a foster child in his home in 2011 and 2012.
Court records indicate that the mother was talking with the child about the importance of knowing people before riding in their cars and discussing appropriate behavior when the child told her Torrance had engaged in inappropriate behavior with her.
During questioning with a forensics investigator, the child described the actions in detail.
Torrance denied that any sexual behavior ever occurred and refused a lie detector test. The child’s siblings lived in the home with Torrance but never reported any allegations of abuse.
Documents show that roughly 20 children have lived with Torrance, and investigators are still trying to locate several of them for questioning.
Torrance’s only known criminal history involves several traffic violations, including one in 2004 for not using a child passenger restraint.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Standards of Approval for Foster and Adoptive Homes reads that foster and adoptive parent applicants must consent to child and adult maltreatment central registry checks and criminal background checks.
The maltreatment checks are repeated every two years, but the criminal background check need not be repeated.
It was not clear when Torrence is expected to appear in court again.
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