Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Officer Maurice Hopkins Arrested for Rape

A Pine Bluff police officer was formally charged with rape Tuesday after a criminal investigation into allegations made by the alleged victim on Monday.

Police spokesman Lt. David Price said in a news release Officer Maurice Hopkins, who has been with the department for two years and nine months, was charged with one count of rape by Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter after the investigation was forwarded to him.

The alleged incident occurred Sunday, according to a news release from Price on Monday. He also said the alleged victim was an adult female. Hopkins was placed on administrative leave with pay at that time.

A warrant was issued for Hopkins arrest and bond was set at $100,000 secured. He was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

Hopkins turned himself in Tuesday, Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said. He was booked into the adult detention center at 5:09 p.m. and was released on bond at 6:02 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office website.

Price said in the news release Tuesday that the department will not release any further information until the conclusion of an internal investigation.

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