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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

 

Arkansas Times: Your voice in the fight

Are you tired of watered-down news and biased reporting? The Arkansas Times has been fighting for truth and justice for 50 years. As an alternative newspaper in Little Rock, we are tough, determined, and unafraid to take on powerful forces. With over 63,000 Facebook followers, 58,000 Twitter followers, 35,000 Arkansas blog followers, and 70,000 daily email blasts, we are making a difference. But we can't do it without you. Join the 3,400 paid subscribers who support our great journalism and help us hire more writers. Sign up for a subscription today or make a donation of as little as $1 and help keep the Arkansas Times feisty for years to come.

Previous article 21 Savage, John Legend and Cage The Elephant among upcoming shows at the AMP and Momentary Next article Who did the Arkansas Times endorse for circuit judge? Actually, we didn’t.