Story by Lauren Siebert, Areawide Media; Republished with permission.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE, Ark. – Formal charges have been filed against Joey D. Robbins, 36, of Cherokee Village, after he admitted to repeatedly raping a child under the age of 13 almost daily since the victim was 10 years old and to sexually assaulting and raping a second victim, also under the age of 13.
According to the charges filed at the District/Circuit Court of Sharp County June 27, Robbins is facing charges of two counts of rape, a class Y felony; incest, a class C felony; engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print media, a class B felony and sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony.
The charges stem from an incident on May 29 when Detective Aaron Presser was contacted to take a report of sexual assault regarding two juvenile females.
When he arrived, he spoke with the mothers of victim 1 and victim 2. The women told Presser that victim 1 had told her she had been assaulted by Robbins and he had forced her to take and send nude photographs of herself to his phone. She shared other graphic details of other incidents.
Presser was also told Robbins had been raping victim 2 for an extended period of time.
Due to the late hour of the evening, the mothers were asked to come to the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department the following morning in order to fill out a report.
The following day, Presser began interviewing the victims. Victim 1 told Presser that the abuse had begun more than a year ago when Robbins forced her to take and send photos, threatening to take her phone from her if she did not comply. This continued on for quite some time.
The victim also told Presser Robbins had forced her to remove her clothing on more than one occasion at which time he assaulted her sexually.
After speaking again with the mothers of the victims, the two opted to fill out the paperwork in their vehicle at which time Robbins pulled along side them in the parking lot. Fearful of what he might do, they contacted Presser who came to the vehicle.
Robbins told Presser he was here to speak with him about the situation. After going to an interview room and reading Robbins his rights, Robbins admitted to assaulting both children on multiple occasions.
He admitted that he had been raping victim 2 on a regular basis for more than two years, however; said he had recently stopped. He also admitted that he had forced victim 1 to send at least 50 photos or videos of herself to him. He claimed he had since deleted the pictures but admitted that he had taken the victims’ phones from them on more than one occasion as punishment for not doing what he wanted.
Robbins was placed under arrest and is currently being held at the Sharp County Jail.