81-year-old jailed on rape charges


An 81-year-old man is being held in the Fulton County jail on a charge of rape, a Class Y felony. Class Y felonies are the most serious classification of crime in Arkansas not punishable by the death penalty.Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork tells KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot news additional charges of rape are expected to be filed against Leonard F. Pickle Jr. of the Hardy area.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a 30-year-old female came forward earlier this month after hearing Pickle had been arrested in connection with allegations involving two other victims.

The woman told law enforcement she wanted to disclose what Pickle had allegedly done to her. She went on to say he had allegedly begun sexually abusing her when she was 4 or 5 years old and continued until she was 11 or 12.

The woman said Pickle lived part-time in a mobile home north of Hardy in Fulton County. She said she spent time in the area with Pickle’s neighbors who had three girls close to her age.

The woman alleges the sexual abuse “happened probably 40 to 50 times in all, and that it began by him showing her pornographic videos…”

Pickle is being held on a $75,000 cash only bond.

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