Earlier this week, during a recent police sting, a woman confronted a man who allegedly abused her sexually for nearly a decade, a crime he subsequently acknowledged by telling her to just “get over it.” Unsurprisingly, after the exchange, local police officers drove out to his home and promptly took him into custody.
Specifically, officers with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested Ronnie Lynn Gipson, a 45-year-old man from Atkins, Arkansas, and charged with “rape” for allegedly acknowledging online that he sexually abused a young girl repeatedly over the course of roughly eight years. According to reports, the abuse began when the victim was four and ended when she was about twelve years old.
Investigators first learned about the abuse after receiving information from the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Office “concerning a report they had received from a female who is an active duty member.” They then reached out to the victim and organized an online sting operation.
After the plan was created, the victim reached out Gipson on social media. They then had a monitored conversation, during which, he reportedly “admitted to both sexually assaulting and raping the female.” At one point during the conversation, she “demanded he tell her how he could have done that to a child.” Shockingly, he told her to just “get over it” and “it’s done.”
Following their conversation, Gipson was visited by Sheriff’s deputies, who took him to their office for questioning. While being questioned, Gipson reportedly admitted to “having sexual contact with the female when she was between the ages of 3 and 4 years old.”
He also told them that “the sexual contact with the victim continued until she was about 12 years old” and would include him “[getting] naked with the victim in the bed,” where he would then “perform sexual acts on her and force her to perform sexual acts on him.”
Gipson also admitted to investigators while being interviewed that when he wanted to abuse the young girl, he would use “a code.” Disturbingly, the “code” was “do you want to play?”
In court, Fifth Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Steven Higgins recommended that Gipson be given a $500,000 bond. To clarify why, he stated, “the basis of that bond amount, judge, number one is the likelihood of conviction, you have an admission by the defendant and you also have a recorded conversation as elaborated by the investigator. In addition, judge, if you consider the likely sentence, with the victim being under 14 years old, that will carry a minimum of a 25-year sentence and then there is potentially life in prison on the table as well your Honor.”
Thankfully, the judge presiding over the case, District Court Judge Don Bourne, agreed with the recommendation. “Your bond is set in the amount of $500,000,” stated Judge Bourne while addressing Gipson. “You’re ordered to have no contact with the victim, don’t call her, don’t write her, don’t communicate with her,” he added.
Sadly, the sexual abuse of children is not uncommon. Earlier this month, for example, an 18-year-old teen in California was taken into custody by law enforcement officials for allegedly abusing two children. Horrifically, while in custody, he not only admitted to molesting the two children but to also abusing roughly 50 others over the course of eight years.
And several weeks earlier, an unidentified 34-year-old man living in Salt Lake City, Utah, was arrested and charged with 12 counts of child sex abuse. According to reports, he allegedly raped his 15-year-old stepdaughter numerous times over the course of several months.
Around that same time, Troy Parks, a 31-year-old man living in Cleveland, Ohio, was also arrested and charged with charged with “rape and gross sexual imposition” for raping his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter. Before being sent to jail, though, he first had to be taken to a nearby hospital. This is because, upon catching him naked on top of her daughter, his girlfriend pulled out a knife in a fit of rage and stabbed him five times in the chest and once in the back of the head.
The abuse of children, sexual or otherwise, must not be tolerated. Hopefully, Gipson is ultimately punished as harshly as possible for turning a helpless girl’s childhood into an utter nightmare.