Report: Van driver facing charges for not stopping alleged rape of 9-year-old boy
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ark. – A 71-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly didn’t stop the rape of a boy.
According to KFSM, 71-year-old Jordan Byrd is facing charges for permitting child abuse and failing to report child abuse.
The probable cause affidavit paints a disturbing picture of what occurred on a bus Byrd was driving from an alternative school in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Authorities say a 14-year-old boy raped and sodomized a 9-year-old boy in March while they were the only passengers on Byrd’s van.
The entire incident, which lasted for six minutes, was captured on the bus’ surveillance camera.
Officials say the 14-year-old forced the boy to perform oral sex and the victim could be heard loudly saying, ‘It hurts.’
According to the affidavit, the video shows that Byrd looked up several times during the assault but did nothing to intervene.
At that point, the suspect allegedly sodomized the victim.
The affidavit claims the victim screamed out in pain, causing Byrd to look up again but he still did nothing.
Once the victim’s screaming got worse, Byrd asked the boys what was going on and the alleged assault stopped, the affidavit claims.
A supervisor at the Area Agency on Aging told investigators that Byrd did not report the incident to the agency.
KFSM reports that Byrd admitted to investigators that he saw the sexual assault but claimed the boys had a “relationship” so he did not stop the attack.
A lawsuit filed against the agency by the victim’s family claims the alleged suspect is related to Byrd, who has since resigned.