Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell announced that an alleged fugitive sex offender from Searcy County is now in custody in the Searcy County Jail. According to Cassell, on Thursday, November 14, 2019, Dennis Lee Trammell of Marshall turned himself in to Searcy County Deputy Troy Dye without incident.
Cassell stated that Trammell was wanted for the sexual assault of two female juveniles in Searcy County. Cassell said on November 6, 2018, the Searcy County Sheriff's Department received a call on the child abuse hotline concerning information about the assault of the two females. During separate interviews, both of the female juveniles disclosed sexual contact with Trammell. The female's statement appeared to be credible and consistent.
Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children investigator Josh Dixon conducted an interview with the first female juvenile and she stated that Trammell had touched her in her private area, inside her clothes and promised a soft drink if she would kiss him.
Dixon interviewed the second juvenile who stated that Trammell had come in to her bedroom and woke her up. When she got out of the bed, she said Trammell touched her in her private area and the incident lasted for approximately ten (10) minutes. When she asked Trammell to leave her room, he did.
During Trammell's interview with the Searcy County Sheriff's Department, he stated that he had been babysitting the two juvenile females, but denied any sexual contact with them.
On October 8, 2019, Cassell stated that a warrant affidavit was prepared by Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce. After forwarding the affidavit to Deputyi Prosecutor Ben Fruehauf, a warrant was issued for Trammell's arrest on two counts of second degree sexual assault, Class B felony. Trammell is currently being held in the Searcy County Jail. Trammell appeared in Searcy County District Court on November 15. His bond was set at $50,000.00.