ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- An auction on the parking lot behind the Clark County Courthouse on Monday netted $71,431 toward a $27 million debt owed by accused rapist Wayne Poland.

An auction on the parking lot behind the Clark County Courthouse on Monday netted $71,431 toward a $27 million debt owed by accused rapist Wayne Poland.


Clark County Sheriff David Turner served as auctioneer to sell personal items belonging to Poland, who was captured near Tanner, Ala., earlier this year, three years after he failed to appear for his trial on 40 counts of rape.


The auction included shoes, golf clubs, luggage and other personal items, a 2004 Winnebago motor home and a 2004 Suzuki automobile. The motor home sold for $66,000, and the car brought $4,750 in the sale, said Taylor King, the attorney representing the guardians of the children Poland is accused of assaulting.


"We're really pleased" with the results of the auction, King said. Larry Heinrichs, one of the guardians of the children, was pleased with the way the auction was handled, King said. "He's pleased at the amount we got."


The money will be placed into a guardianship account set up for the children, King said.


The items sold were those considered to have no value as evidence against Poland, King said.


Poland is also charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, found at the time of his arrest on his personal computer, police said. Any data storage devices were seized as evidence, King said.


There were two computers in the motor home when Poland was arrested, Turner said.


The auction also included a digital video camera, a computer scanner and printer and household items such as a toaster and pots and pans. All the items were sold, Tuner said, but many, such as clothing and shoes, were left at the auction site by the persons who had bought them. Those items will be donated to the Beehive resale shop, Turner said.


The (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Daily Siftings Herald