Texarkana man facing rape charge in Miller County

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A Texarkana man accused of sexual misconduct with a young female relative has been charged with rape by prosecutors in Miller County.

Tykequoine Washington, 40, allegedly engaged in repeated acts of sexual misconduct with the alleged victim in 2016 and 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl, now 14, allegedly told investigators that she told a family member about the alleged abuse and that family member told her to keep silent.

The girl allegedly tried to tell her mother by leaving her mother notes but her mother never got the notes. The alleged victim allegedly reported that she could not figure out who was taking the notes she placed in her mother’s backpack.

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The girl allegedly said Washington sexually assaulted her numerous times in an apartment in Texarkana, Ark., and that he showed her pornographic films. Washington allegedly told the girl to keep quiet about his misconduct and promised to buy her things if she kept the alleged abuse a secret.

Washington is charged wit rape involving a child under 14. The offense is punishable by 25 to 40 years or life in prison.

Washington is currently being held in the Miller County jail with bail set at $150,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday for a court hearing before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones at the Miller County Correctional Complex.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell is representing the state. Washington is represented by the Public Defender’s Office that serves Miller County.

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