Man released; no danger to public from reported acts, says sheriff

PARAGOULD, Ark. – A press release indicates a man who was arrested in an alleged-rape investigation has been released from custody and is no longer a suspect.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter said in a release new evidence was uncovered during the course of the continued investigation which led to the release late Friday of Steven Henderson. Henderson was arrested Wednesday for the reported rape and kidnapping on Monday of a Paragould woman. It was then erroneously reported by another news outlet he had been charged. He was never charged and he was never guilty.

“We would like to advise the public that no citizens are in danger due to the acts reported,” Carter’s email said. “Due to the inaccurate statements made, we are releasing Mr. Henderson from our custody. However, we are continuing a very active investigation into this matter.”

Investigators say inaccuracies in the initial statements prompted the release. The sheriff also said his department is committed to the pursuit of justice and equally committed to the truth to all parties.

More information will be released as it becomes available, the sheriff said.

The suspect spoke exclusively to NEA Report late Friday after his release. He thanked Greene County Sheriff’s Department for their diligent work.

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