An Arkansas native who admitted to raping a woman during her childhood told the victim that "it's done" and to "get over it" when she contacted him during an investigation.
Ronnie Lynn Gipson, now 45, repeatedly assaulted the child at their home in Atkins when she was between the ages of 4 and 12. He would reportedly initiate sexual contact by asking the girl, "Do you want to play?"
According to the River Valley Leader, the victim reported the abuse to the Air Force, where she now serves as an active duty member. In late August, the Air Force Special Investigations Unit contacted the Pope County Sheriff's Office about the report and that office launched an investigative strategy to pursue the alleged perpetrator.
Under the surveillance of the Pope County Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas State Police, the victim contacted Gipson via Facebook on Dec. 13.
Gipson admitted to raping and assaulting the girl when she confronted him about the abuse, The Kansas City Star reports.
After being detained at his residence and taken to the sheriff's office, Gipson admitted in an interview that he would get naked in bed with the girl and perform sexual acts on her. The River Valley Leader reports that he would also force her to perform acts on him.
Gipson confirmed that he used a "code" to become sexual with the girl. He admits to orally and digitally penetrating her, as well as engaging in intercourse at least twice. She was reportedly 8 years old the first time.
Law enforcement decided to hold Gipson on probable cause. When asked if he was employed, Gipson replied that he's had a job at a local business for 10 years. He's never been convicted of a felony.
Fifth Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Steven Higgins recommended Judge Don Bourne to set Gipson's bond at $500,000 due to the suspect's high probability of being convicted and also the nature of the crime.
Higgins said that if he is convicted, he will serve a sentence of 25 years to life.
Gipson didn't have any comments for Judge Bourne. The judge set the bond at Higgins' recommended amount and ordered him to have no contact with the victim.
"Don’t call her, don’t write her, don’t communicate with her," he said.
Gipson's plea arraignment hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. in the Pope County Circuit Court.
Sources: River Valley Leader, The Kansas City Star / Featured Image: Pexels / Embedded Images: U.S. Air force photo by Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel, Jobs for Felons Hub/Flickr