Timothy Steppach Benton Police Department

A Benton restaurant owner who was arrested in January on charges of sexually assaulting two minors employed at his restaurant was arrested again Wednesday after the same victims came forward with additional information, KARK Channel 4 reported.

Timothy Steppach, 46, owner of Tim’s Tavern at 1209 Edison Ave. in Benton, was initially arrested Jan. 25 on two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault of two employees, ages 14 and 15.


Mysaline.com reported in January that the two minors alleged Steppach touched them inappropriately and spoke to them inappropriately about sex.

Steppach claimed he was innocent in a Jan. 31 post to the restaurant’s Facebook page.


Before his arrest Wednesday, officials with the Benton Police Department said the victims came forward with additional information. A warrant was issued for Steppach’s arrest on felony charges of rape and residential burglary, as well as misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault, false imprisonment and interference with emergency communications.

Steppach was released on bond Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Wisenor at 501-776-5947.



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