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BENTONVILLE — A Bentonville man is accused of raping a 3-year-old girl, authorities said.

Tristan Nathaniel Tiarks, 33, was being held Sunday in the Benton County jail with bail set at $500,000. He was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated assault, second-degree battery and rape.

Bentonville police arrested Tiarks after searching his home, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A nurse at the Mercy Medical Hospital Emergency Center in Bella Vista reported to investigators Friday morning that the girl was brought there with injuries from a suspected sexual assault, according to the affidavit.

The girl was later interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County, where she said Tiarks had wrapped a green towel around her neck which made her not able to breathe, according to the affidavit.

The girl's medical examination revealed linear marks around her that indicated she had been strangled, the affidavit states. An examination also found evidence associated with sexual assault, according to the affidavit.

The girl's mother told police she left her daughter with Tiarks for about 45 minutes while she went to the store, according to the affidavit.

Tiarks' arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. Feb. 19.

Tiarks was ordered not to have any contact with the girl or her family members.


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  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    January 14, 2019 at 1:31 p.m.

    My Lord ! poor child, hang the man high.

  • JenK1234
    January 14, 2019 at 2:47 p.m.

    Why is the perpetrator's photo not posted with this heinous & despicable crime?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    January 14, 2019 at 5:14 p.m.

    Had been drugged and strangled.
    nwahomepage DOT com/news/benton-county-man-arrested-for-rape/1700373633

    33 year old on a 3 year old is a rope situation.
    life in prison... strangulation and drugging wth
    should get the electric chair. electric chair for the apes.

  • Justthefaqsmaam
    January 14, 2019 at 6:41 p.m.

    Tristan you are a 33 year old POS. I hope all your fellow inmates know what your in for.

  • ZeebronZ
    January 14, 2019 at 7:08 p.m.

    If we get up enough money for his bail, will they release him into our custody? We can take care of this entire situation, the old fashioned way.

  • mrcharles
    January 14, 2019 at 8:04 p.m.

    Seems NW ARK might not be the promised land nor so righteous to judge us central arkansans.

    If guilty, may he live long in prison as a known child rapist.

  • MaxCady
    January 15, 2019 at 4:11 p.m.

    What is going on in NWA?! They say it's so livable up there. Sanctuary area for perverts and criminals.