Arkansas woman charged with sex crimes involving nine juveniles

CROSS COUNTY, Ark. — A Wynne woman is facing charges of rape, incest, sexual indecency with a minor and computer child pornography, the Cross County Sheriff's Office says.

Veronica Blake, 34, is accused of sexually assaulting nine juveniles over the past few months. She turned herself in to the sheriff's office Thursday after authorities began investigating an initial report of sexual assault against three juveniles, deputies said.

Blake faces six counts of rape, six counts of incest, seven counts of computer child pornography and one count of sexual indecency with a minor, all felonies.

Blake had her first court appearance Thursday. Arkansas State Police are also investigating. She was given a $100,000 bond.

Outside the jail, Blake's mother said she was completely blindsided and surprised by this. She thought it could stem from her daughter's pending divorce.

Blake contacted several of the victims using social media, according to law enforcement.

Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith said his office is not releasing further information or the incident report because it's still under investigation. Authorities expected more victims to come forward.

The sheriff said he thinks they found out from an initial call to the sheriff's hotline.