Duke Lewis Collage SMALLThree Benton residents have been arrested for an alleged rape of a juvenile. Billy Joe Duke, 58, faces a class Y felony charge of Rape. David Eugene Lewis, 36, and 33-year-old Tonya Lynn Lewis each face a class B felony charge of Permitting Abuse of a Minor.

It is alleged that Duke had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old since the victim was 11-years-old. David and Tonya Lewis allegedly allowed the juvenile to live in the home of Duke for three months. All three suspects are being held in the Saline County Detention Center and are expected to appear at 11 a.m. before Benton District Judge Mike Robinson.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. Individuals also may send us anonymous information to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip. A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play.

Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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