Prominent Mid-South attorney, 3 others charged in sexual assault investigation, police say

CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ark. — UPDATE (1/22/2021):

Three additional people are charged along with a prominent Mid-South attorney regarding a sexual assault in West Memphis.

According to West Memphis police, on January 10 detectives with the West Memphis police department began an investigation regarding a sexual assault that happened in West Memphis. The case is currently still being investigated but the West Memphis Police Department can confirm that 4 individuals have been arrested for numerous charges.

Bryan Donaldson, Ricky Gaines, Victoria McClure, Randle Blair, and Victoria McClure all face charges in the case.

Donaldson and Blair are charged with three counts of rape. Gaines is facing four counts of rape, one count of kidnapping, and one count of trafficking. McClure is charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of trafficking.

The West Memphis Police Department told FOX13 the case is still under active investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: (1/15/2021)

A prominent Mid-South attorney is accused of rape.

Bryan Donaldson has been an attorney for years in Crittenden County, Arkansas.

Police arrested him Thursday.

The Crittenden County Sheriff told FOX13 someone told him they saw Donaldson coming out of his office in handcuffs Thursday.

“He’s a nice guy, but everybody has got skeletons in their closet that are coming out,” said one woman who did not want to release her name because of fear of retaliation.

She knows attorney Donaldson. Many other people we spoke with know him too.

“It’s very frustrating, because for somebody like me who tried to voice their opinion about people in positions, I am the one that’s slandered and looked up, but then when something like this pops up on the roster, I’m like there you go.”

Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen told FOX13 he got word that West Memphis Police arrested Donaldson, who was seen coming out of his law office in handcuffs.

FOX13 called WMPD who said they cannot comment about the case because it’s still an active investigation. When FOX13 did a Google search online, we found out Donaldson is also listed as a public defender.

“I even posted on my Facebook page I wasn’t shocked,” said the Marion resident.

Other people who know Donaldson said they are shocked. Investigators said they expect to have more details next week.

FOX13 reached out to the Arkansas State Bar Office to ask if their office received a complaint about this.

They cannot comment, however they referred us to the state’s supreme court office of professional conduct.

FOX13 has not heard back.