Kevin Wayne Dehart was found guilty today in Polk County Circuit Court of two counts of rape and sentenced to 40 years in prison for each charge. The prison terms will run consecutively.
Dehart pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court to one count of attempted online enticement of a minor and was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.
Dehart, 53, was arrested in July 2017 during an undercover investigation into the online enticement of minors for sex in the Mena area, according to court records.
Authorities posed as a 14-year-old boy online and exchanged messages with Dehart, who said he wanted to have sex with the boy.
Dehart then made plans to meet the teen for sex. Police set up a location to meet and arrested Dehart when he arrived.
Mena police and the U.S. Secret Service investigated the case.
Dehart has been incarcerated by the Arkansas Department of Corrections and temporarily in the Polk County Jail during the most recent trial.
11-7-19 8:52 p.m. KAWX.ORG