A former Faulkner County Sheriff's Office school resource officer maintains his innocence following accusations of rape, false imprisonment and battery.
Matthew David Kimery, 34, was arrested in June and is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond after he reportedly handcuffed a woman and raped her during June 9 argument.
The victim called police June 16, not looking to press charges against Kimery for fear he would kill her, but to request a deputy accompany her while she collected some belongings from Kimery's residence on Jennifer Lane near the Saltillo community.
The deputy soon learned the woman, who was close to Kimery, was injured and had a black eye following a previous domestic incident with the suspect. Upon further investigation, the deputy soon learned Kimery, who was once a sheriff's deputy himself, had held the woman against her will and raped her, according to a probable cause affidavit.
As the woman detailed the events leading up to her injuries, she said Kimery was upset after learning she'd sent a photo of her son via text to her son's father.
Kimery became enraged and the verbal argument quickly turned physical, the woman said, noting that when she tried to hurt the 34-year-old just enough to allow her to escape, he pinned her down and violated her.
"[The victim] stated the argument was verbal to begin with but quickly became physical when Matthew Kimery climbed on top of her and pinned her down with his right forearm on her neck," the affidavit reads in part. "[The woman] stated she had a cup of coffee in her right hand and threw it at Matthew Kimery hoping that she would be able to get away from him ... [but] this made Matthew Kimery angrier and that he then punched her with a closed fist in her right eye."
After bruising the woman's eye, Kimery is accused of handcuffing the woman and raping her. Kimery reportedly recorded parts of the alleged crime on his cell phone, according to online records.
In one of the videos the woman showed police, authorities could hear her pleading with Kimery to stop multiple times as she yelled out that he was hurting her.
Investigators who spoke with the victim noted she was shaking and her voice was trembling as she recalled Kimery's alleged abuse.
The woman told police she did not want to report the incident, because Kimery, a former law enforcement officer, told her other officers and deputies would side with him. He also told her he would kill her if she filed a report against him, according to her statement.
Following Kimery's previous threats, the victim told authorities he'd changed his course and that Kimery later told her "he was ready to encounter law enforcement if any arrest attempt was made."
"[The woman] described how Matthew Kimery had placed firearms at strategic locations inside of their residence and that he intended to kill as many law enforcement officials as he could if an arrest attempt was made," the affidavit states.
As authorities planned Kimery's takedown, the sheriff's office consulted with the Conway Police Department and Arkansas State Police, keeping in mind he was a former police officer with more than 15 years experience and was also a former member of the Faulkner County Special Response Team, a unit that trains in advanced weapons and tactics.
Kimery was arrested without incident on his way home from work July 18, according to court documents. He has been held in the county jail since that time in lieu of a $500,000 bond awaiting formal charges. Prosecutors formally charged Kimery with rape, false imprisonment and domestic battery charges Monday, and he appeared in circuit court Tuesday for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against him -- to which he pleaded not guilty.
Records show Kimery is no stranger when it comes to being accused of abusing power.
Online records show Kimery was previously convicted of harassing communications in Van Buren County following an incident involving a Guy-Perkins School District employee in January 2017.
Kimery began working at the sheriff’s office in 2013 but was fired on Feb. 2, 2017, following the harassment complaint from a Damascus woman who worked for Guy-Perkins that ultimately led to a no contact order and criminal charges against Kimery.
Sheriff Tim Ryals immediately fired Kimery from the sheriff’s office following the woman’s accusations against Kimery.
“Recent events have caused disruption in the Sheriff’s Department and have caused me to lose confidence in your judgment, especially in conjunction with various episodes of your prior conduct,” Ryals wrote in Kimery’s termination letter. “I want to make it clear that my decision is not to be misconstrued as a finding on my part of any criminal wrongdoing, as that issue has been turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney and, ultimately, the courts. The conduct of county employees and the public perception of that conduct, however, are very important; therefore, I have decided to hire a different person, in whose judgement I can have confidence, in effort to restore order throughout the department, and to restore the positive working atmosphere that we need.”
Van Buren County officials found Kimery was guilty of harassing communications on May 25, 2017, for repeatedly calling the Damascus woman and threatening “to humiliate her” in front of her family and coworkers after she broke off an affair she was having with him, according to court documents.
According to his records at the sheriff’s office, Kimery was fired from the Russellville Police Department in 2006 and resigned from the Conway Police Department in 2013.
Records show Kimery was fired from RPD after four months of employment for violating the department’s policies.
In August 2013, Conway officials agreed to a $20,000 settlement after Kimery and another officer were accused of wrongfully arresting an innocent couple.
According to court documents, Kimery and another officer were dispatched to take a battery report on March 22, 2012, when Kimery wrongfully detained a Conway couple.
Kimery's personnel file at CPD also shows several other complaints were filed against him, including one where he kneed a suspect several times after calling out to dispatch that he was in pursuit. A follow-up investigation by CPD showed Kimery followed the suspect vehicle for 25 seconds before it pulled over after calling out he was in pursuit. Immediately after getting out of his car to speak with the driver of the suspect vehicle, Kimery drew his gun and pointed at the suspect's head.
After pointing a gun at the suspect's head, he reportedly "yanked" the suspect from the vehicle, according to other officers who witnesses the abuse of force.
When later questioned about how he handled this traffic stop and if he was aware he pointed his gun at the suspect's head, Kimery reportedly told his superiors that the individuals inside the vehicle were making "furtive" movements and "bobbing" their heads.
"Yeah, I probably did," he said in response to being asked if he pointed his gun at the suspect's head during the June 6, 2008, traffic stop.
Regarding the newly-filed felony charges against him, Kimery is scheduled to appear next at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing.