A former Austin, Arkansas cop is being held without bond at the Lonoke County Jail, charged with “engaging in sexual intercourse or deviant sexual activity” with a handcuffed female he had arrested.
William D. Tremaine Jr., 28, resigned from his position with the Austin Police Department this past November, around the same time the incident took place. Austin Police Chief John Statley said Tremaine quit “for personal reasons,” careful not to indicate the true nature of the events. Tremaine was arrested without incident in his hometown of Ward by Arkansas State Police after the three month investigation netted the charges. We’ve been told Tremaine has children and either a wife or girlfriend. It is unclear whether or not Tremaine has a criminal record. Tammy Gaither, in a comment left via Facebook, said Tremaine “[harassed] us on a daily basis.” Nicki Fleming called him a “pervert” and a “liar.”
The charge of sexual assault in the third degree is reserved for police and other government officials who rape while on the job or have consensual or otherwise sex with a minor child. The Class C felony has a sentencing range of 3-10 years in prison. Tremaine is expected in court on Friday, when he will argue for bail.