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JONESBORO MAN SURRENDERS HIMSELF ON WARRANT FOR RAPE

10/01/2020


Jerry Donald Busch

     The Sheriff's Office has arrested 63 year old JERRY DONALD BUSCH of Jonesboro, Arkansas on a charge of rape following an investigation into a complaint filed on August 8, 2020. 

     The mother of a 15 year old female juvenile reported to the Sheriff's Office that JERRY BUSCH had engaged in sexual contact with the girl on or about July 1, 2020 in Baxter County.  According to the complaint, JERRY BUSCH is a member of the extended family and had been a close friend.  The juvenile female victim had been allowed to travel with BUSCH to the Lake Norfork area near Gamaliel for an overnight stay in a camper, with other members of the family expected to arrive the next day.

     After the complaint had been made, the victim was later interviewed at a child advocacy center in Jonesboro, Arkansas that was conducted using the ChildFirst forensic interview protocol.  The victim alleged that JERRY BUSCH provided her with alcohol and was consuming alcohol himself on the date in question.  The victim and BUSCH were on a boat during the day, then returned to the camper about 6 PM.  The victim fell asleep, but was awakened when BUSCH was performing sexual acts on her, which she described in detail.  The victim stated that BUSCH apologized later to her for his conduct, but told her he would like to have sex with her again.

     Sheriff's Investigators later conducted two separate interviews with different acquaintances of JERRY BUSCH, one being the victim's father, and both of whom stated that BUSCH had made admissions after the fact to them of his sexual conduct with the victim on July 1st.

    On September 4th, JERRY BUSCH was interviewed at the Baxter County Sheriff's Office about the complaint.  He basically stated that he had become so intoxicated by alcohol that he had no recollection of what had occurred after he and the victim returned to the camper after being on the lake in the boat.  BUSCH did admit to the investigator that he had apologized to the victim the next day for "whatever" had happened but told her he still wanted to have sex with her again. 

     The information from the investigation was provided to the Prosecuting Attorney who filed a charge of rape and a charge of child endangerment against JERRY BUSCH, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest by the Circuit Court.

     JERRY DONALD BUSCH surrendered himself to the Baxter County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon, September 30th.  He was booked on charges of:

Rape - Class Y Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree - Class D Felony

     BUSCH was released from detention after posting bond in the amount of $75,000 as specified on the warrant.  He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer the charges on October 15th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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