Man accused of rape makes first appearance in court; Bond set at $100,000

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    TERRICA HENDRIX
    Editor
    NASHVILLE – A man accused of rape appeared in court yesterday.
    Nilson Henriquez Santos, 33, of Nashville, appeared in Howard County Circuit Court before Judge Tom Cooper on Wednesday morning. Cooper said that probable cause had been found for the potential charge of rape. Deputy Prosecutor Aaron Brasel recommended that Santos’ bond be set at $100,000 and the judge set the bond at that amount.
    The judge ordered Santos to appear in circuit court May 18 for arraignment before Judge Charles A. Yeargan.
    On April 29, the Nashville Police Department took a report from a parent of a 14-year-old boy. “ It was reported that Nilson Henriquez Santos had been sexually assaulting the boy since he was 10-years-old.,” according to a press release from Nashville Assistant Police Chief Amy Marion. “On May 6, an interview of the victim was done by the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. During the interview, the victim stated that Santos had been sexually assaulting him for approximately three years. The victim stated that the last time it occurred was in March 2016 in Nashville. On May 9, Investigator Larry Marion contacted Santos for an interview. After the interview Santos was arrested and booked into Howard County Jail for rape.”