Springdale Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Maintenance Worker

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale man faces a sexual assault charge after allegedly telling police he rubbed his genitals against a woman last month.

Zepty Tonton, 38, was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 1) in connection with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony.

In Arkansas, Class B felony are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000, according to Arkansas statutes.

The woman said she was working on the locks at a local apartment complex Oct. 25 when Tonton emerged from a room, grabbed her from behind and rubbed his genitals on her back side for four to five seconds, according to the report.

The woman said Tonton spoke to her in Marshallese before she pulled away and left the complex. Police said she was afraid she was going to get hurt.

Tonton spoke to police Wednesday (Nov. 1) and reportedly admitted to the allegations, but said he thought the woman was, “…OK with what he did,” the report states.

Tonton was being held Thursday (Nov. 2) at the Washington County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. He has a hearing set for Dec. 4 in Washington County Circuit Court.

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