A local man charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree plead not guilty to the charges on Monday when he made his first court appearance before circuit court Judge David Reynolds. 

Dr. Byron Kevin Beaver, 39, of Conway also had his bond reduced from $500,000 to $50,000 at the hearing.

Beaver faces charges stemming from incidents that are alleged to have been perpetrated against a 7-year-old child who is known to him.

According to Capt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation is based on allegations made by the mother of the victim.

"When our investigators were made aware of the allegations made by the victim’s mother, it was apparent that this was a case that needed further attention," he said. "After speaking with the victim and discussing the case, a decision was made to seek a warrant for the arrest of the suspect."

Beaver was arrested Friday evening after turning himself in to investigators.

In keeping with the terms of his release, if Beaver bonds out of jail, he will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device and will be on house arrest. However, he will still be allowed to go to work at his wound care practice in Morrilton.

He will also have to abide by a signed protective order and have no contact with the victim.

As of 5 p.m. Monday evening, Beaver was still in custody.

A pre-trial hearing for Beaver has been set for Oct. 24.