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Arkansas man admits raping girl from age 4 to 12 — and then tells her to ‘get over it’ on Facebook

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An Arkansas man was arrested after he admitted raping a now-adult woman from the ages of 4 to 12.

The River Valley Leader reported over the weekend that 45-year-old Ronnie Lynn Gipson appeared before District Court Judge Don Bourne on Friday after being charged with rape.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office told the judge that it had received information from the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Office that a female active duty member who reported that she had been sexually assault and raped by Gipson from the age of 4 until she was 12 years old.

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As a part of an investigative strategy, officers had the woman contact Gipson on Facebook, where he admitted raping her and told her to “get over it.”

In an interview, Gipson reportedly told investigators that he began having sexual conduct with the girl between the ages of 3 and 4.

“Gipson then stated that the sexual contact with the victim continued until she was about 12 years old and for the last 10 years they lived in the Atkins area,” according to The River Valley Leader. “Gipson continued to advise that several times when the sexual contact began, he would ‘get naked with the victim in the bed’ then perform sexual acts on her and force her to perform sexual acts on him.”

Investigators said that Gipson developed a “code” for the sexual misconduct, in which he would ask her, “Do you want to play?” He said that various acts of rape would occur afterwards, including digital penetration, oral contact and sexual intercourse. Gipson insisted that he did not attempt sexual intercourse with the girl until she was 8 years old.

Judge Bourne set bond at $500,000 and ordered Gipson to have no contact with the victim.

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“You’re ordered to have no contact with the victim, don’t call her, don’t write her, don’t communicate with her,” the judge said.

A plea arraignment has been scheduled for January 22.


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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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