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Arkansas man pleads innocent to charges of assault, arson

An Arkansas man charged with assaulting a Kingman woman he met on the Internet has pleaded innocent to 10 felony charges.

Claude Bryan Oakley on Tuesday pleaded innocent to two counts of sexual assault, first-degree burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, arson of an occupied structure and resisting arrest.

Oakley entered the pleas in Mohave County Superior Court.

Oakley, from Pine Bluff, met the woman on the Internet and moved to the Kingman area several days before breaking into her house on Casey Plaza on May 14, according to police.

He is accused of stabbing the woman and assaulting her husband, who was not injured.

The woman fled down the street for help.

She was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center with minor stab wounds.

Kingman police officers and Mohave County sheriff's deputies discovered Oakley behind the woman's residence wielding a knife.

He also is accused of setting the woman's home on fire.

Police said Oakley threatened firefighters.

The standoff ended when the officers fired non-lethal pepperball and beanbag rounds at Oakley before they subdued him on a nearby street.

Oakley, 36, also is charged with sexually assaulting the woman several days before his arrest.

Six years ago, he was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison in Arkansas for a 1995 incident in which he stabbed his estranged wife and her older son and held his infant son hostage before his arrest.

He was convicted of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted murder, two counts of terrorist threatening, two counts of kidnapping, residential burglary and false imprisonment of the infant son.

Oakley was paroled last year after about five years in prison, placed under supervision and told not to leave Arkansas.

He is in Mohave County Jail on $300,000 bond.

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