Second man alleges Arkansas constable tried to rape him

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:23pm

A second man has come forward to allege that Jefferson County Constable Thomas Eagle attempted to rape him when the man was a child.

Eagle, 50, was arrested last Thursday after he was accused of raping a then 11-year-old boy who is now 27.

Sheriff's Department Major Lafayette Woods Jr., said the latest alleged victim, who is now in his mid-40s, contacted the sheriff's department after seeing the initial story about Eagle in The Commercial.

"He said when he found out that Eagle (had been) involved in law enforcement he became really concerned about the possibility of Eagle using his position of authority over other victims," Woods said.

Woods said the man was interviewed Tuesday. According to Woods, deputies determined that he had not been raped, but they believe he was the victim of a battery on two occasions in one day.

According to the latest victim's account, he and a group of other people were at Eagle's house when the first incident took place, and Eagle stopped when other members of the group showed up, only to try again later that same day.

Because current Arkansas law provides that the statute of limitations on rape allegations is 28 years from the time of the incident if it was never reported, sheriff's investigators will not be able to charge Eagle with the latest allegation, but will be able to use the alleged victim's statement and information against Eagle in a sentencing procedure.

Additionally, Woods said the latest alleged victim's story means that there could be more potential victims out there and he urged them to come forward.

Last Friday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 bond for Eagle, who is constable of Melton Township, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with rape.

Eagle was not serving as a constable at the time of the alleged incidents.

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