A Faulkner County man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a child.

Lt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said that 50-year-old Jerry Dale Wilkinson of 5 Fry Road, which is a few miles north of Mount Vernon, voluntarily met with investigators at the FCSO Major Crime Unit at about 3:15 Thursday afternoon. Wilkinson was arrested there after being interviewed, and he was escorted the short distance to the Faulkner County Detention Center.

Rice said that Wilkinson is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with a girl for a number of years starting when the victim was 7 years old. The victim, Rice said, "was known to him," but he wouldn’t elaborate on how the two knew each other to protect the victim’s identity.

"We’re continuing to investigate, and we ask anyone with information in this — or any other incident — to come forward," Rice said.

(Those with information pertaining to this report or any other crime are urged to contact FCSO at 450-4917. Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by e-mail at joe.lamb@thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)