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An out-of-state man is accused of having having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in Arkansas, resulting in her becoming pregnant, police say.

Joel Clark Wilt, 26, of Wichita, Kan., was arrested Tuesday on one count of rape, according to the Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs.

Wilt was previously convicted in March 2012 for misdemeanor theft in Garland County, the newspaper reported.

A detective with the Hot Springs Police Department was contacted June 8 regarding a report from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children division that Wilt was in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, according to an affidavit cited by the newspaper. Wilt and the victim reportedly denied having sex at the time.

On July 26, the detective received a fax from Planned Parenthood in Arizona detailing that a teenage girl who visited one of the organization’s clinics was pregnant. There were concerns over a sexual relationship between the 13-year-old and an adult, the document stated.

Another fax dated Aug. 9 from the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles explained that the girl had received an abortion, the Sentinel-Record reported.

The victim spoke with Hot Springs police Sept. 26, telling authorities that she met Wilt in late 2016, according to the newspaper. Their relationship turned sexual in March and continued after she turned 14, she said.

Wilt remained at the Garland County jail as of Thursday morning, according to an online inmate roster. No bail had been set.


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Information for this article was contributed by Max Bryan of the Sentinel-Record.


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  • YoungHog
    November 2, 2017 at 12:25 p.m.


  • DEE672
    November 2, 2017 at 12:56 p.m.

    One begins to wonder whether there are many decent men still in existence.

  • SirWilliamGold
    November 2, 2017 at 1:28 p.m.

    This story sounds fishie to me. She left Arkansas to 2 different states and her a minor. How do we know he is the father? Any DNA proof from the abortion? Sounds like he said she said and no real proof his is the father or had sex with her. I would want the Clinic in California to proved DNA proof before I would charge him with anything. She could be lying! She had a abortion and some would say that was a crime! Plus a parant had to sign for her to do a abortion any where she did it.

  • rubythecat96gmailcom
    November 2, 2017 at 4:05 p.m.

    where are the girl's parents ? and how did a 13 year old get an abortion in Arizona ? sounds like this child has been neglected by her parents. arrest them and the 26 year old man who knows better than have sex with a child. surely he's heard the term jail bait before. young Hog that's an awful harsh statement to make bout an unchaperoned child.

  • Adnil
    November 2, 2017 at 6:33 p.m.

    Gosh, I can remember the good "old" days when parents MET the person their daughter was dating. In fact, we didn't even date that young. I agree with Ruby the Cat: her parents offered NO SUPERVISION.

  • Maracat42
    November 6, 2017 at 9:33 p.m.

    The one good thing is that the system designed to report underage abortions that weren't the result of teen-on-teen hanky panky worked to catch this creep, even if he transported her out of state for it.

    As far as a DNA test, you want that after the documentation mentioned in the Sentinel article that he was going that hard after a kid? That pregnancy might not have been his, but it's pretty clear from other evidence he is guilty of statutory rape. Other charges (like transporting minors, etc) might be harder to prove, but they communicated about it electronically. Evidence trail...

  • eurekabae
    November 11, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.