A 37-year-old Sherwood man was arrested Jan. 30 on charges of rape and second-degree sexual assault after the mother of a 16-year-old girl told police he had been sexually abusing the minor since the age of eight.

Paul Perkins, 10 Villas Drive, was arrested at his place of employment, the University of Arkansas Medical Center (UAMS) in Little Rock after he was served warrants on the two charges. He was arrested by officers with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Officers were originally told about the allegations by the mother on April 15, 2013.

He is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

According to a police report filed by Deputy Jeffery Allison of the Sheriff’s Office, Perkins lives with his parents on Villas Drive.

"Comp (Complainant) went on to say that for the last few years, she and the juvenile victim had been living at the residence with Paul and his family," reported Allison."Comp went on to say that she was noticing that Paul was giving (juvenile victim) money, paying for her to go places and do things and providing her rides to various places."

The mother stated that on April 14, 2013, she asked her daughter why Perkins was always so nice to her and if she was doing anything for him in return.

"Comp stated that juvenile victim first denied anything, but a short time later stated that she would perform sexual acts with Paul in exchange for money and other favors," according to the police report. "Comp stated that juvenile told her that this had been going on for several years and began when she was about eight years old."

UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Perkins is a Ph.D. student who receives a $24,000 stipend for research work. The leadership of the graduate school will meet next week to discuss what action to take, but in the meantime Perkins will not be back at UAMS, she said.

(The Arkansas News Bureau contributed to this story.)