15th person arrested in Jonesboro child rape case

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Police in Jonesboro say a 15th person has been arrested in connection with a rape and child pornography investigation involving a 12-year-old girl.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth told The Jonesboro Sun that a Searcy man was arrested Friday. Police say the 15 people arrested in the case includes a relative of the victim and several juveniles.

Waterworth has said the investigation began in December with a report that the 12-year-old had run away from home. Waterworth says the girl eventually returned home and her mother found numerous suspicious text messages on the girl's cell phone.

Waterworth says police found explicit photos and about 59,000 text messages on the phone.