Deputy fired, charged with raping inmate

A Pulaski County sheriff’s office deputy was fired and charged with the rape of an inmate inside a basement holding cell at the county courthouse after the inmate produced a DNA sample she kept on the inside of her bra, sheriff’s office documents obtained Friday show.

Willie Lee Owens, 39, of Conway, had been a Pulaski County deputy for more than three years when on Dec. 18 he told a 26-yearold female inmate she might be needed back in court after a hearing during which she received three years’ probation after pleading guilty to criminal attempt to obtain prescription drugs by fraud, the records show. When another deputy arrived to pick up inmates who were supposed to return to the Pulaski County jail, Owens told the deputy to leave her behind, the records said. Continue reading