Salem man accused of Linn County sex crimes

Salem man accused of Linn County sex crimes

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STOCK PIX Linn County Courthouse

A Salem man was accused Thursday in Linn County Circuit Court of several sex crimes that allegedly occurred in Linn County.

Neil Dwayne Arnold II, 19, was charged with two counts each of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse.

The crimes occurred between January 2008 and February 2012, and the victim was a girl under the age of 12, according to the charging document.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Prosecutor Michael Paul asked for $150,000 bail in the case, noting Arnold’s criminal history and his failure to appear for court hearings.

“Victims were scared of Mr. Arnold, and scared that if they came forward or reported anything, he threatened them with harm,” Paul said.

“They finally had the courage to come forward and report this conduct,” he added.

Judge Michael Wynhausen set Arnold’s bail at $200,000, noting public safety, court appearance and flight risk concerns.

The next hearing in the case was scheduled for Sept. 16.

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