Thursday in Polk County Circuit Court, Kevin Wayne Dehart, 53, was found guilty on charges of two counts of rape. Dehart was sentenced to 40 years in state prison on each charge with terms running consecutively.
In July of 2017, Dehart was arrested during an undercover investigation by Mena police and U.S. Secret Service for soliciting minors for sex. Last year in U.S. District Court, Dehart pleaded guilty to one count of attempted online enticement of a minor. For that charge Dehart received more than 11 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release.
Dehart was caught when law enforcement posed online as a 14 year old boy and exchanged messages with Dehart. In those messages Dehart said he wanted to have sex with the boy. During their online exchange Dehart made plans to meet the boy for a sexual encounter. Law enforcement arrested Dehart when he arrived for the planned encounter.