Police Chief Questions Judge After Teen Out on Bond Re-Arrested

Police Chief Questions Judge After Teen Out on Bond Re-Arrested

A teenager already under investigation for one rape, is now accused of sexually assaulting a fellow classmate at a Helena dental clinic.
Helena, AR -- A teenager already under investigation for one rape, is now accused of sexually assaulting a fellow classmate at a Helena dental clinic.

The 14-year-old reported the rape on Friday afternoon, after she said three teenage boys assaulted her in a bathroom at Twin City Dental Clinic on Oakland Avenue.

"Everybody looks to blame one entity, and that entity is really struggling with budget cuts," said Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace.

According to Wallace, two of the teens were wearing GPS tracking devices at the time of Friday's reported rape. One of the 16-year-olds had been released on bond on a robbery charge.

Wallace says the other 16-year-old was arrested and charged in the April 29th shooting of Helena radio station owner Elijah Mondy. Wallace says while the teen was being held, he was also charge with raping a juvenile at the White River Juvenile Detention Center. 

"He has pending rape charges but I'm not the judge to say put a monitoring device on him and send him to school so he can be out there among hundreds of children," Wallace said.

"I was very surprised when I found out one of the suspects had been involved in my shooting case was allowed to come back out on the streets," Elijah Mondy, the shooting victim, said Tuesday.

"I was just angry these people could commit crimes and get back out on the streets," he added. "I don't know how you define house arrest, the GPS devices apparently doesn't work."


Phillips County Deputy Prosecutor Todd Murray says he recommended the 16-year-old be held without bond. He says "complexities" in the Mondy shooting investigation led the judge to order the teen released after he sat in detention for more than 60 days without formal charges.

Murray called it a "bad situation" when reached by phone on Tuesday. 

The judge could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. 

All three suspects in Friday's reported rape will be arraigned on Wednesday.

"When you have repeat offenders getting back out on the street, what makes you think they are going to stop repeating?" wondered Mondy.
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