Carnival Worker Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape Near Tontitown Grape Festival

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TONTITOWN (KFSM) -- Tontitown Police arrested a carnival worker Friday (August 8) on suspicion of a rape that happened near the Tontitown Grape Festival, according to the interim police chief.

Interim Police Chief Joey McCormick said Joshua Ferguson, 36, raped a woman in a trailer near festival grounds, but the incident happened after hours and no guests or security were around at the time. He said the department has increased their patrols near the trailers.

McCormick said during the investigation Fergsuon denied the charges, stating he and the woman, who is also a carnival worker, had been in a relationship previously and the act was consensual. McCormick said the victim was taken to a hospital in Springdale for an evaluation and then to a local advocacy center.

He said both the victim and Fergsuon work for a traveling carnival company independent of the Tontitown Grape Festival.

Ferguson's bond was set at $10,000 and his arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11, court records show.