Springdale Man Sentenced In Sexual Assault Case
A Springdale man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child will serve 10 years probation and 90 days in jail, according to Benton County Circuit Court documents.Posted — Updated
William Allen Custodio, 63, pleaded guilty May 22 to one count of second-degree sexual assault.
As part of his plea agreement, Custodio also must register as a sex offender and is barred from any unsupervised contact with minors.
A lack of forensic evidence made the case difficult to prosecute, said Benton County prosecutor Nathan Smith. The plea agreement had the support of the victim, who wanted to avoid a trial, Smith said.
Custodio was arrested Dec. 15 after the victim told a school counselor Custodio had sexually assaulted her several times since 2014, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Second-degree sexual is assault is a Class B felony, according to Arkansas Code Annotated 5-14-125.
Class B felonies typically carry a prison sentence of five to 20 years and a maximum fine of $15,000. However, probation is within the bounds of punishment, Smith said.
Custodio was being held Monday (June 12) at the Benton County Jail.
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