Helena-West Helena rape suspect is registered sex offender

Helena-West Helena rape suspect is registered sex offender

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR (WMC) - Helena-West Helena police arrested a registered sex offender accused of raping a 15-year-old.

Officers were conducting a search warrant on York Street when they found a 15-year-old pregnant with her third child, living at home with other children and her mother.

Officers removed the children from the home and investigated allegations of rape that involved the 15-year-old.

The investigation started in April 2016 when investigators learned the 15-year-old had a 1-year-old and a 6-month-old.

Investigators took DNA from the girl and the 6-month-old and determined 44-year-old William Maylone Watson was a suspect and could be the father of the second child. Those DNA results came back positive.

Helena-West Helena police said Watson is a registered sex offender.

The 15-year-old's mother, Christinia Fulmer, is also being investigated for failing to protect her child from a known sex offender.

Officers found that 44-year-old William Maylone Watson was the suspect and arrested him.

Watson is charged with rape and violating the guidelines of being a registered sex offender.

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