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Former Johnson County Deputy Pleaded Guilty To Sexual Assault

JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — A former Johnson County deputy pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault on Thursday (May 4).

Robert Retford, 55, was sentenced to six years probation for the felony sexual assault charge following a negotiated plea.

Retford was accused of engaging in deviant sexual activity while in a deputy uniform in Sept. 10, 2016.

Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones said Retford resigned from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office shortly after.

During an investigation, a woman told authorities Retford sexually assaulted her and after, she drove to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith to report the assault.

She continued telling investigators that Retford claimed he was going to help her after she called authorities regarding a disturbance, took her to a Clarksville motel, where he gave her his phone number and told her to call him.

The following day, the woman called Retford, and he gave her a ride to a home in Lamar. While in the car, they kissed and he asked her disturbing questions while he sexually assaulted her, court documents state.

Once inside the home, Retford went inside with the woman and told her to do what he said, or he would kill her and put her family in jail. She told investigators he raped her with an object before peeing on her.

Four days after, Retford was interviewed by authorities and a warrant was filed for his arrest on Nov. 28, following an investigation. He was arrested that same day, booked into the Pope County Detention Center and released Nov. 29.

Retford must register as a sex offender as part of his probation terms and according to Arkansas statutes.