(West Memphis, AR) A West Memphis rapist is on the run.
His victims were children.
When Stanley Carter didn’t show up for trial Wednesday, a jury convicted him anyway.
A jury convicted Carter on three counts of rape.
The children were all under 10 year sold and related to his ex-girlfriend.
If, or when, he’s caught, he’ll be facing serious time in prison.
It’s not the kind of thing you want to know about your neighbor or your friend.
“That must have been an awkward topic,” said reporter Sabrina Hall.
“Yes it was,” said Walter Baker, who lived across the street from Carter in West Memphis. “I talked to him about it once. He said he didn’t do it and it wasn’t him.”
Baker says if he sees Carter, he’s willing to turn him in, “Because that is pretty low what he’s accused of.”
Carter is not just accused of raping three of his ex-girlfriend’s grandchildren. He was also convicted of the crime just this week.
Carter wasn’t there when the jury made their decision.
“He got up to the last day of the trial and I guess Mr. Carter did not like the way things are going and he did not show up,” said Mike Callender with the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department.
Carter is now on the run and neighbors say they haven’t seen him since.
In June of last year when Carter was charged with raping a 6-, 8- and 9-year-old, he served nine months in jail because he was being held on a $500,000 bond.
But because it took longer than nine months for the state to bring him to trial, authorities had to release him under Arkansas law.
That’s why Carter was free and able to miss court.
“Typically, they’re in custody and they can’t escape. They are in shackles and in court, but this guy was not,” said Callender.
“I told him if he didn’t do it, you shouldn’t run. He had no reason to run,” said Baker.
When he is caught, a judge will sentence him.
He faces 25 years to life for each count of rape.
If you know where Carter is, you’re asked to call Crittenden County Crimestoppers at 870-732-4444.