Former Faulkner Co. deputy arrested on charges including rape and false imprisonment

Matthew Kimery, 34, was arrested earlier this week on charges of battery, rape and false imprisonment in connection to a domestic disturbance call at his home near the Saltillo community. (Photo: Faulkner County Sheriff's Office)

A former school resource officer in Faulkner County is now behind bars after authorities say he was arrested following a domestic disturbance. The man now faces charges of battery, false imprisonment and rape.

Matthew Kimery, 34, was arrested on Tuesday after Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to his home on Jennifer Lane near the Saltillo community.

Deputies were initially called out to the home after a woman stated she was trying to obtain her belongings from the residence. The woman told authorities that she was afraid to go over to the house with Kimery present at the time. According to an incident report, the woman said Kimery had hit her in the eye the previous week and told her not to come back.

According to Erinn Stone, FCSO public information officer, the battery charge stems from the black eye the woman sustained from being hit by Kimery. Stone said the woman later spoke with investigators, divulging information that led to the false imprisonment and rape charges.

Stone tells KATV that FCSO can’t discuss what led to the rape and false imprisonment charges since the file has been sealed by the prosecuting attorney’s office while the case is still under investigation.

Kimery was employed by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office from 2013 to 2017 as a member of the County SWAT team, as well as a school resource officer for the Guy-Perkins School District and Mount Vernon School District. Kimery ended up being fired from FCSO due to a harassment charge out of Van Buren County.

According to an incident report from January 2017, Kimery had been harassing a woman and her husband after that woman had ended a nearly two-year long affair with Kimery.

Kimery “harassed her by calling numerous times day and night,” according to the incident report. The report stated that when, “Mr. Kimery starts calling he does not stop for approximately 3-4 hours.” A no-contact order was issued for Kimery in the Van Buren County case.

Prior to Kimery’s employment with FCSO, Kimery was employed with the Conway Police Department from January 2007 to February 2013. A Conway human resources employee tells KATV, Kimery was employed as a police officer, but couldn’t comment on whether he was terminated from that position or not.

Following Kimery’s job with FCSO, he went to work for the Mayflower Police Department, according to a Mayflower PD officer. Kimery was fired from that position after working for the department for less than a year.

Kimery is currently being held on a $500,000 bond in the Lonoke County Detention Center on a hold for Faulkner County. Stone tells KATV, Kimery is being held there due to his previous employment with FCSO.

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