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Man gets 20 years in prison in Northwest Arkansas teen's sexual assault

by Tracy Neal | April 15, 2021 at 11:36 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- An Oklahoma man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

Daegon Raimer, 19, of Watts, Okla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual assault.

Raimer was arrested March 27, 2020.

The girl told staff at the Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County about the abuse, according to a probable cause affidavit. She also reported that Raimer threatened to harm her brother if she did not do what he said, according to the affidavit.

Raimer was interviewed by a detective with the Benton County Sheriff's Office, and he admitted to engaging in sexual acts with the girl, according to the affidavit.

Matthew Light, deputy prosecutor, read a victim impact statement on behalf of the girl. She said she has night terrors and can't trust anyone.

"You made me hate me, and I live in constant fear that you are right there," Light read. "It is hard enough at home, but at school it is worse because someone who smelled just like you can walk by and it makes me freeze, and I want to curl up in a ball and cry."

The girl said in her statement that she's in therapy, and she hopes Raimer realizes how his actions impacted not only her life, but the lives of people around her.

Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren sentenced Raimer to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. He must abide by a suspended sentence agreement for five years after his release from prison.

This story was originally published at 10:36 a.m.

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