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A Van Buren man charged with rape in March pleaded the charge down to second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus 15 years suspended in Crawford County Circuit Court Monday.

A minor female told Van Buren police she went to borrow a cigarette from Terry Leroy Tindle, 39, who was staying in an outbuilding behind his parents’ home when he started acting “stranger than she had ever seen him,” according to a police report.

Tindle then told her they were going to have sex, locked the door to the building from the inside, used towels and sheets to cover cracks so no one could see in the building and then ordered her to strip, according to the report.

The girl told investigators she stripped because she was afraid Tindle was going to hurt her, but as soon as she was nude, her mother and aunt started banging on the door to the outbuilding.

The girl’s mother told police it took Tindle a long time to unlock the door, and he fled once the door was opened.

Inside she and her sister found the girl behind a sheet, completely nude, according to the report.

Later that same day, police located Tindle passed out on a couch in the outbuilding, where they also recovered drug paraphernalia and took him into custody, according to the report.

Tindle denied attempting to rape the girl, but admitted to providing her and another minor female with methamphetamine, according to the report.

Second-degree sexual assault is normally punishable by a maximum 20 years in prison, but Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune said Tindle faced up to 30 years because he was deemed a habitual offender.

Tindle has prior felony convictions in Crawford County for fourth-degree sexual assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, false imprisonment, breaking and entering, residential burglary and theft of property.








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