The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office made its first sex crime bust of the year Thursday.
James Jarrett, 36, of Greers Ferry was arrested in Guy after arranging to meet up with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice said the sheriff’s office is looking to expand its Internet Crimes Against Children division.
FCSO’s Internet Crimes Against Children division conducted several internet stings during 2016, with 30 sex crime arrests.
“Sheriff [Tim] Ryals wants to continue the effort in our Internet Crimes Against Children [division] to bring these predator criminals to justice,” Rice said. “Ryals states these types of crimes are at the top of his list [and he hopes to] add more investigators to the unit in the near future.”
Undercover investigators first began chatting with Jarrett after he posted a “suspicious” online ad on Nov. 8, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The affidavit states Jarrett first made arrangements to meet with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy in Quitman for sexual activity on Nov. 9.
“Arrangements were made for the posting party, identified at this time as James Jarrett, to pick up the 14 year old male in Quitman, AR directly following the 14 year old boy’s dismissal from school,” the affidavit reads. “Surveillance was set up but the suspect failed to arrive.”
Jarrett emailed the investigator on Nov. 11 and arrangements were made for him to meet the investigator’s fake profile around 2 a.m. in Guy.
The investigator posing as a 14-year-old boy asked Jarrett to bring him a cold drink and cigarettes.
When Jarrett arrived at the meeting spot, investigators seized four cell phones and “a glass smoking device with white crystal like residue,” according to the affidavit.
“Additionally, the suspect was in possession of baby wipes, multiple towels and washcloths, multiple packs of cigarettes and 2 cans of cold Mountain Dew,” according to the affidavit.
Jarrett is currently being held in the county jail on a $20,000 bond.
He is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Feb. 6.