Suspect jailed on sex charges in Izard County

Photo: Christopher Kirby Powell

Izard County authorities are holding a Van Buren County man, 28-year-old Christopher Kirby Powell of Bee Branch, on charges of rape and sexual assault. The rape charge is a Class Y felony, the highest crime classification in Arkansas not punishable by death.

According to a press release, Powell was arrested Friday on a warrant, after an investigation following an adult female reporting when she was a minor Powell performed sex acts on her.

The probable cause affidavit notes, the now 24-year-old alleged victim says the incidents occurred in 2010 at her grandmother’s residence in Franklin.

Powell is being held on a $500,000 professional bond, with a court date Tuesday in Izard County Circuit Court.

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