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Three charged with sex crimes

Three men accused of sex crimes involving children pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

A Van Buren man accused of raping a minor female relative has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $25,000 bond.

David Wayne Adkins, 42, is charged with three counts of rape involving a minor female relative.

The girl’s mother went to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department March 25, after another daughter told the woman that the girl told her that Adkins assaulted her more than once when they last visited and afterward told her to never tell anyone what happened, according to a police report.

When interviewed two days later at the sheriff’s department, Adkins denied the allegation.

The public defender’s office entered the not-guilty plea on Adkins’ behalf and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell. Adkins is free on $25,000 bond.

Justin Derrick Hale, 29, of Alma, accused of sexually assaulting a minor female relative, is charged with rape and sexual indecency with a child.

The girl told an investigator with the Alma Police Department that Hale sexually assaulted her on one occasion and another time showed her a photo of a nude woman in a sexually provocative pose and asked her if she wanted to do that for $100, according to a police report.

When Arkansas State Police interviewed Hale, he denied the allegations, and told an investigator that the girl’s mother put her up to it, according to a police report.

Hale, 29, who is free on $25,000 bond, is represented by Fort Smith Attorney Ron Fields.

Roger Dale Chandler, 66, of Muskogee pleaded not guilty to rape and second-degree sexual assault.

Chandler, who is free on $7,500 bond, is accused of forcing a minor male to fondle him and fondle another boy.

Attorney Candice Settle entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf and waived formal arraignment.

Mulberry police began investigating Chandler when they received information from a boy’s mother he was acting out sexually and when she asked him about his behavior, he told her Chandler made him fondle another boy and Chandler made the boy fondle him and Chandler fondled the boy, according to a police report.

Chandler agreed to speak with investigators, but when they started to question him directly about the boy’s allegations, he asked to speak with an attorney and the interview ended, according to the report.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Lowell Everitt Cox, 27, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to residential burglary, aggravated domestic assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, violation of a protective order and felon in possession of firearm. Cox was arrested March 24, accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s residence and threatening her with a gun.

• Michael Paul Turner, 34, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer, second offense domestic battery in the third degree, aggravated assault upon a certified law enforcement officer or employee of a correctional facility and habitual offender. Turner was arrested March 18 after sheriff’s deputies and Arkansas State Police trooper responded to a disturbance in the 5300 block of Alma Highway. He allegedly had to be tased by officers while resisting arrest and attempted to leave the hospital where he was being treated.

• Jason Robert Blankenship, 33, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to residential burglary, theft of property - firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. Blankenship allegedly was caught by the homeowner in a residence in the 1800 block of Arkansas 162 March 20 during a theft in which a firearm was stolen.

• Nicholas Stephen Green, 36, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to delivery of methamphetamine. Green allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant for the drug task force Aug. 15, 2011.

• Ross Massey, 55, of Greenbrier pleaded not guilty to overdraft, alleging he wrote checks for $11,348.87 and $6,034.60 to Arrow Inc. in August on his Diamond Bank account without sufficient funds to cover the checks.

• Galen Lee Pitts, 44, of Oklahoma City pleaded not guilty to non-support, alleging he owes more than $16,000 in child-support payments.

• Jamie Dawn Oliver, 27, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Oct. 30, 2013, arraignment on a charge of theft by deception.

• Timothy Gene Jeffcoat, 31, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Nov. 15, 2013, status hearing on a charge of theft of property.

• Chance Orvil Tyler, 22, of Alma pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a March 21 pre-trial conference on a charge of overdraft.

• James Michael Andeson, 57, of Falls Church, Va., pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Jan. 11, 2013, status hearing on a charge of non-support.

• Cameron Cassidy Cherry, 25, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 23, 2013, for possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of methamphetamine, delivery of morphine, failure to appear and illicit still/unlawful manufacture of spirts, alleging he was arrested Jan. 30 for felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

• Lorri Ann Carr, 39, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received June 5, 2013, for possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree forgery, alleging he has violated probation.

• Aaron Drew Mathis, 28, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received July 11, 2012, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test, alleing he has failed terms of probation.

• Samantha Alex Dunn, 22, of Newport resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Oct. 7, 2011, for theft of property, alleging she has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Gene Charles Taylor, 42, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Aug. 11, 2011, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of clonozapam, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, alleging he has failed to do community service.

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