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William L. Bardin

William L. Bardin

Mountain Home, Ark. — Convicted ice cream truck rapist William Leon Bardin, 63, 0f Cotter, Ark., was transferred to the Arkansas Department of Corrections Diagnostic Center in Malvern today to begin serving his 20-year sentence.
Bardin was sentenced here today by Baxter County Circuit Court Judge Gordon Webb following Bardin’s plea bargain deal last month during which he pled guilty to the rape of a victim under the age of 14. Baxter County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Kincade sought a 20-year sentence for Bardin with the stipulation that Bardin would not be eligible for parole before serving 70 per cent of his sentence or 14 years. The parole section of the sentence was not available from the Baxter County Circuit Clerk’s office or the Prosecuting Attorney’s office late today.
Bardin was convicted of a Class Y felony in the rape of a young woman who wore a wire with State Police authorities present during which time Bardin admitted the ongoing abuse of the girl from age of 5 or 6.
Bardin operated an ice cream truck selling ice cream to children in the Twin Lakes area for several years. Bardin and his wife have 16 children, six of their own and ten of them adopted.
Bardin has been free on $50,000 bond prior to his sentencing.
His wife, Robin Bardin is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 31 charged with interfering with the custody of six minor children in her care. She is accused by the Arkansas Department of Human Services of refusing to turn over the six children by keeping them in her car and failing to send them to school when the Department of Human Service was checking their status after she had been called into the Arkansas Abuse Hot Line as a sex offender.

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