Benton man arrested on two counts of rape

John Mesler, 19

BENTON (KATV) - Officers arrested a Benton man Friday on two rape charges. One of the alleged victims was a juvenile.

Police were first contacted about the allegations on February 24. After an extensive investigation and a review by the Saline County Prosecutor's Office, 19-year-old John Mesler was arrested on July 19.

Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Department told Channel 7 News that one victim was a minor and the other was an adult. Mesler reportedly knew them both.

The investigation is still underway and more charges could be filed.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at (501) 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. You can also send an anonymous text to CRIMES (274637) with "BNPD" in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip.