Bond set in alleged rape


A $100,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly raped a 5-year-old child.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Kelon Wade, 27, with rape.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Wade was arrested after the child’s mother contacted police Saturday afternoon to report that her child had been sexually molested.

Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable cause affidavit the mother told police she had dropped off the child while she went to work, and when she picked up the child, was told by the child about the incident.

Kizer said the Department of Human Services was contacted, as was an investigator from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children and Families Division.

The probable cause affidavit said the child was taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center for a medical examination and interviewed there by a State Police Investigator.

Medical evidence was collected, including DNA, that will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.

Kizer said Wade was not interviewed by police when he was arrested because he “was intoxicated.”

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

Wade said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 25.