(Helena-West Helena, AR) Three teens are accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in the boys’ bathroom of a dentist’s office.
It happened Friday afternoon in Helena-West Helena, Ark.
Assistant Police Chief Ronald Scott described the pain the Helena-West Helena dentist feels.
“A person that wants to reach out and do something positive for the community. And to have such a negative thing to happen in his facility.”
A 14-year-old girl told police she was raped Friday afternoon in the bathroom of the Twin Cities Dental Clinic by at least three teenage boys.
The victim and her accused attackers were among a number of students brought to the clinic for routine dental work.
For several years, Twin Cities has worked with parents who don’t have a vehicle, to pick up and transport students to the clinic for dental work and return them to school.
The practice, in which parents “sign off” on the service, is fairly common in the Helena-West Helena school district and does not involve school buses or employees.
Dr. Larry Browning uses his own passenger vans to transport students.
Browning said neither he nor his staff heard any sign that a violent rape was happening.
The bathrooms are several yards from the waiting area and it wasn’t until the 14-year-old was being driven back to KIPP Charter School that she reported the attack.
She was immediately returned to the Dental Clinic, police were called and victim was then taken to a local hospital.
“We’ve already had the rape kit to be done and sent off to the crime lab. So we’re waiting on the results of that.”
Two 16-year-olds and a 15-year old, all from Central High School, are now charged with the girl’s rape.
Police say all three have juvenile records.
Two of them were even wearing GPS tracking bracelets, which Scott said helped police connect them to the crime scene.
“One of them wasn’t working at the time, but the other one was. And that gave us the ability to know exactly where they were at the particular time. And we used that to know that they were in that particular place.”
Browning said he’s going to spend whatever it takes to relocate the men’s restroom, as well as make sure it’s always locked.
But he plans to continue his public service of providing transportation to kids who need dental care.
The accused teens are locked up in a Juvenile Detention facility in Batesville, Ark.