JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man was being held Monday on a $300,000 bond following a woman’s claim that he raped and threatened her in front of her one-year-old daughter.
The victim told deputies with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office that Michael McKee, 37, of Jonesboro, followed her into the bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to the probable cause affidavit.
McKee forcibly engaged in non-consensual sex with the woman, according to the affidavit. He then returned to forcing her to “perform oral sex on him while choking her to the point of losing consciousness,” the document stated.
When deputies responded to the home, the victim was hiding in a closet with the child. They observed bruises on the back of the woman’s legs and on her wrist. She went to St. Bernards Medical Center for a rape kit that was entered into evidence.
McKee was sleeping in a bedroom before he was detained, the affidavit read. CCSO seized 1 gram of meth, 21 Xanax bars, two meth pipes and a “loaded syringe” from a table and property belonging to McKee.
When interviewed by investigators, McKee didn’t deny any of the victim’s allegations. As he was being served with a no-contact order, he only requested information on his bond amount.
Craighead County District Court Judge David Boling set a temporary bond of $500,000, Judge Tommy Fowler said Monday. During bond hearings, McKee’s attorney Chris Jester recommended a $75,000 bond for his client’s pretrial release.
“He’s not going anywhere,” Jester said.
The attorney noted that McKee had “a bed waiting for him” at Breaking Bonds Ministries, but he was unsure if it would admit him because of the violent nature of his pending charges. When reviewing his criminal history, Fowler acknowledged that McKee has not been charged with failing to appear in court.
“What I do see is a history of violence dating back to 2005,” Fowler said.
Fowler found probable cause to charge McKee with rape, aggravated assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, possession of meth less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Xanax less than 28 grams.
His bond was set at $300,000, cash or surety. The suspect’s next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 28 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.