Arrest made in 2018 rape case, additional victims are sought

Bernard Betts-King was arrested on Monday in connection to a rape that took place in 2018. (West Springfield Police District)

A Springfield man has been arrested in connection to a rape investigation stemming from 2018, according to police.

On Monday 60-year-old Bernard Betts-King was taken into custody and is now being charged with rape through the use of her mental incapacity.

At the time of the incident Betts-King was employed at the MVLE Community Center as a behavioral Specialist, and was working with the victim, reports indicate.

Betts-King is currently employed by Community Living Alternatives, and they are cooperating with the investigation.

DNA tests linked the suspect and the victim and she had a child as a result of the assault, according to detectives.

Detectives also believe there may be additional victims and encouraged the public to call 703-246-7800 with any additional information.

Betts-King is being held without bond.