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PARAGOULD, Ark (KTHV) - Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Monday that a Paragould accused of raping a minor relative was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charge.

Ellington said Barry Wayne Crow, 43, of Paragould, pleaded guilty in Greene County Circuit Court to a charge of rape and was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The case was assigned to Circuit Judge Barbara Halsey.

"Mr. Crow will no longer be able to abuse this victim or any other child," Ellington said. "He will be behind bars, which is where he belongs."

Paragould police Det. Sgt. Rhonda Thomas began the investigation in March 2013 after receiving a report from the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline. Shortly thereafter, Thomas made contact with Crow, but he fled the state and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Crow was arrested in Texas and extradited back to Arkansas to face the charges, Ellington said.

Ellington praised Det. Sgt. Thomas and fellow Paragould officers, Det. Sgt. Scott Snyder and Corporal Brad Herren for their tireless efforts in bringing Crow to justice. Ellington also credited the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center for their role in providing assistance to the victim throughout the case.

"I proud of the collaborative efforts of my deputy prosecutors Kimberly Dale and Adam Butler, the Paragould Police Department and the Children's Advocacy Center," Ellington said. "This team is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to protecting children."

Greene County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Kimberly Dale and Adam Butler, both of Paragould, prosecuted the case. Crow was represented by Jonesboro attorney Will Kueter.

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