FCSO nabs Locust Grove man in online sex sting

A 51-year-old Locust Grove man was arrested in Guy on Wednesday for allegedly meeting up with who he thought was a 15-year-old boy for copulation.

 

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigators reached out to David “Ethan” Dilks on Monday after locating a suspicious online ad he posted.

“During those communications, Dilks is alleged to have made arrangements to engage in illegal sexual contact with an underage male,” spokesman Adam Bledsoe said Friday.

Chief Deputy Matt Rice said the sheriff’s office will continue to put an emphasis on catching online predators.

“If we don’t do this, someone else will,” he said, referring to predators seeking after underage victims. “There could potentially be a live victim if we didn’t do this. We will continue working on getting these offenders.”

According to a probable cause affidavit, the lead investigator send Dilks a message posing as a 15 year old. The two then began texting and Dilks arranged for the two to meet up for sexual relations in Guy.

“[Dilks] also expressed interest in taking the undercover profile to a local hotel for possible sexual contact after performing oral sex,” the affidavit reads. “‘Ethan’ also asked the undercover profile if he was associated with law enforcement and commented that the undercover profile was under the legal age of consent.”

Dilks arrived around 3:20 p.m. at the water tower in Guy, where he was met by Faulkner County investigators. He was later booked into the county jail at 4:50 p.m.

Investigators seized a cell phone, condoms, a pornographic DVD and lubricant as evidence upon Dilks’ arrest.

As of press time Friday, Dilks was being held in the county jail without bond on one count of internet stalking of a child. He is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Nov. 6 for a plea and arraignment hearing.

“This incident is considered under investigation,” Bledsoe said.

Dilks’ arrest marks the 28th sex sting the sheriff’s office has conducted so far this year.

 

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