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Heber Springs man arrested, charged in girl's rape

By Lee Hogan

This article was published January 7, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.

Matthew Tinkle, 25


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— Police have arrested and charged a Heber Springs man for one count of rape, according to a news release.

The Heber Springs Police Department arrested 25-year-old Matthew Tinkle on Jan. 3 after receiving a tip from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Unit that claimed Tinkle raped a girl under the age of 14, the release states.

The Sun Times in Cleburne County reports that Tinkle operates Tink's Tumblers in Heber Springs, where he is a cheer instructor. It also reports that Tinkle is being held at the Cleburne County jail on a $50,000 bond.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation has been asked to contact the Heber Springs Police Department at (501) 362-8291.

Read more on this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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