A Conway man pleaded no contest on Monday to two counts of rape, and was sentenced to 42 years and 10 months in prison.
Eusebio Garay, 42, entered the plea in Faulkner County Circuit Court as part of a nolo contendere plea. Garay received 257 months, or 21 years and five months, for each count. As part of the plea deal, four counts of second-degree sexual assault were not prosecuted. Garay also received $720 in fines, and 279 days jail credit.
As stated in the nolo contendere plea statement, it is the equivalent of a guilty plea, however, its entrance means the defendant "does not specifically admit the allegations which form the bases for the offenses charged against him or her, and elects not to contest such allegations."
Garay was arrested in March after a victim, 18, told police she had been sexually assaulted numerous times by Garay since her mid-teens.
According to an affidavit from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Garay admitted to being sexually attracted to the victim since she turned 14 or 15 years old, and also admitted to multiple sexual encounters.
Garay also admitted to bribing the victim to gain her consent, and to filming multiple encounters, the affidavit states.
As reported by the Log Cabin Democrat in March, Kimberly-Clark officials confirmed Garay was an employee at its Conway location until shortly before his arrest. Company officials would not provide Garay’s official position. At the time of his arrest, Garay’s residence was listed in the 4400 block of Bay Hill Drive.
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