Bond set in alleged rape

A $250,000 bond was set Friday for a man who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl on March 14.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Myron Smith, 36, with rape.

Detective Jerry Lambert of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit that the alleged victim and her father contacted police, who went to a house in central Pine Bluff where they interviewed the girl.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the alleged victim told police she was at a friend’s house when Smith asked her to braid his hair, and then later came into the bedroom where the girl was.

Lambert said in the affidavit that Smith placed his hand over the alleged victim’s mouth and raped her, and the girl told police she tried to fight Smith off but “he was too strong.”

After the alleged rape, the girl woke up her friend and then called her father to pick her up.

Pugh said Smith has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1994, including a conviction for rape and two convictions for failure to register as a sex offender.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Smith to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Smith.