Benton County man found guilty of rape


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A Benton County man was found guilty of rape in court, according to the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

According to Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith, Tristan Tiarks was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of rape.

Tiarks will be eligible for parole after 21 years.

“I am grateful that the jury convicted this defendant for preying on a three-year-old girl. Sexual crimes against defenseless children are despicable and our society must never tolerate this kind of evil,” Smith said. “My prayer is that this verdict will help the victim heal as she grows older and understands that our community held this man accountable for the crimes he committed against her.”

Medical reports confirmed the child was sexually assaulted and had signs of strangulation around the neck.

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