A Conway man is charged with five counts of rape after allegedly having inappropriate contact with a close family member.
Formal charges were filed Wednesday morning in Faulkner County Circuit Court against Lawrence R. Moyer following an investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office was alerted last week that a local teen had been raped by a close family member through the years since she was 14 years old, according to the felony probable cause affidavit filed against the 50-year-old Conway man.
According to the alleged victim’s statement, the now-19-year-old Moyer began drugging her and sexually abusing her in January 2014.
The teen told authorities “Moyer would provide her with marijuana, alcohol and acid in order to facilitate having … intercourse with her.”
The abuse began while she and her family lived on Keithly Drive and continued when her family moved to another home in Conway, according to the alleged victim’s statement.
When her family moved, the victim told authorities she asked Moyer if he would stop the abuse, but he said “no.” The alleged victim said the abuse has become more of an issue and that another family member has “text messages from Moyer admitting he had sex with [the alleged victim] and used drugs to facilitate these events.”
According to the affidavit, the Conway teen was put on birth control when she was 14 years old. The alleged victim told authorities she recently scheduled an appointment with her doctor to make sure she was “clean” from the “activities” with Moyer. The affidavit states a rape kit was never conducted when the alleged abuse occurred because the now-19-year-old had not reported the abuse.
The alleged victim told Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigators that Moyer still tries to talk to her but that she “no longer wants to have contact with him.”
Investigator Darrel Freeman conducted an interview with the alleged victim and her mother on Sunday “and found the allegations to be true.”
Copies of “several text messages where Mr. Moyer talked about doing drugs and having sex with [the alleged victim]” were collected as evidence during the interview, according to Freeman’s report.
Online records show Moyer was booked into the county jail at 5:02 a.m. Monday. A district judge earlier this week ordered he remain behind bars in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
As of press time Wednesday, the 50-year-old rape suspect was still detained in the Faulkner County Detention Center. Moyer is currently scheduled to appear next Aug. 12 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against him.
Rape is a Class Y felony. If found guilty, Moyer could face 10-40 years or life in prison.
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