In the Polk County Circuit Court, Kevin Wayne DeHart was found guilty on two counts of rape, each a Class Y felony, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for each charge. The terms are to run consecutively. The charges were filed within the Circuit Court on Jan. 24 of this year citing the violations took place on Oct. 7, 2010.
In November of 2018, DeHart was sentenced in the Western District of Arkansas to 11 years and three months in federal prison and five years of supervised release for attempted online enticement of a minor for sexual activities. In July of 2017, DeHart arranged with an undercover law enforcement agent acting as a 14-year-old male an encounter at his residence for sexual activity. The arrangement was made through social media.
According to the release by the US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Duane Kees, “DeHart quickly began inquiring about the purported minor’s sexuality…. Later in the conversation, DeHart expressed a willingness to engage in sexual activity with the minor. Specific plans were made by DeHart and the purported minor to meet and engage in sexual activity at DeHart’s residence,” said Kees.
Soon after the arrangement was made, law enforcement set up surveillance at the meeting location (DeHart’s residence) and an arrest was made. DeHart was taken into custody.
DeHart was indicted of the charge in April of 2018 and he pleaded guilty in July of the same year.
The Mena Police Department and the Secret Service investigated the case.
DeHart will be incarcerated within the Arkansas Department of Corrections.