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The Baxter County Prosecuting Attorney’s office today would only say that they are still in negotiations working out final details of a plea agreement.
Bardin, known as the ice cream truck rapist, is accused of raping a young girl and was arrested last September after the alleged victim wore a wire and got him to admit to the crime. He is accused of raping her at the age of 5 or 6 years old and continuing the abuse.
Bardin is currently out on $50,000 bond. He was represented in court Thursday by Johnnie Copeland of the Ethredge & Copeland law firm in Mountain Home.
Bardin and his wife have 16 children five, of their own and the rest adopted. His wife , Robin Bardin is free on recognizance after failing to return six minor children to the Department of Human Services last February. Her jury trial on a charge of custody interference is set for Oct. 31.
William Leon Bardin sold ice cream in the Twin Lakes area for several years. He was a resident of rural Cotter.