GIRARD — An Arma man arrested in January of this year on rape charges has pleaded guilty in Crawford County District Court

Jacob Quentin Bryant, 22, of Arma, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso said his office worked with the family of the victim on the plea deal.

“We worked closely with the victim’s family in reaching the outcome in this case,” Gayoso said. “We are pleased that he has been convicted of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child without having to place the young child on the witness stand.”

The charges stem from a Nov. 2018 incident in which Investigators determined that there was probable cause to believe that Bryant, then a contracted employee of USD 246, assigned as a bus monitor, committed the offense against a Northeast Elementary School student.

The arrest was a result of an investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Arma Police Department, with assistance from the Pittsburg Police Department.

The incident occurred on the school bus as the student was being transported home from school.

Bryant now faces as much as 19 years in prison and Gayoso said his office will be asking the judge to impose the maximum available sentence.

Bryant remains in the Crawford County Jail pending the Oct. 31 sentencing hearing.