Miller County man accused of sexually abusing 8-year-old girl

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A Miller County man accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old is facing multiple felony charges.

Drew Curtis Bynum, 27, is charged with sexual assault and three counts of rape for alleged wrongdoing from March until June with the daughter of a woman he was living with. The girl’s mother reported to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office on June 8 that her child made an outcry of abuse.

Several days later the girl was interviewed at the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center where she described conduct by Bynum that led to the felony charges. The same day, Bynum was questioned by Miller County Investigator Patsy DeHart. Bynum allegedly confessed to the abuse, stating he “messed up.”

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Bynum allegedly told DeHart “that he fell in love with her when he saw her for the first time.”

Bynum is charged with three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. Each of the rape charges is punishable by 25 to 40 years or life in prison. Sexual assault is punishable by five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.

Bynum is being held in the Miller County jail. Bail is set at $75,000. The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Carlton Jones.

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