Russellville man arrested in internet sex sting

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 39-year-old Russellville man in its fifth internet sex sting this year.

 

Dereck L. Mitchell was arrested Wednesday on internet stalking of a child, possession of a controlled substance and sexual solicitation charges after arranging to meet up with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

FCSO spokesman Adam Bledsoe said the sheriff’s office began investigating Mitchell “after locating a suspicious online ad soliciting females for sexual contact in exchange for money.”

According to a probable cause affidavit, Mitchell told an undercover investigator he was 24 years old and “would pay $100 for [sexual services].”

The investigator, posing as a 15-year-old girl, told Mitchell the two would need to meet up between 3:30 p.m. when she got out of school and 5:45 p.m., which is when her mom would return home from work.

Mitchell offered to stay at a hotel in Conway and lower the pay to $50, according to the affidavit.

He also “offered to bring marijuana as payment for the sexual act,” the affidavit states.

Mitchell said he would stay either at the Microtel Inn & Suites or the Super 8 Hotel and “requested additional photographs” of the girl.

“I just don’t want you to turn out to be a man or this be some kinda set up or something,” he said to the investigator posing as a young girl.

FCSO saw Mitchell pull up to the Microtel around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“When [Mitchell] excited the Microtel and approached his vehicle he was contacted by FCSO personnel and placed under arrest,” according to the affidavit.

As Mitchell was placed in handcuffs, investigators noticed he “began to sweat heavily and his eyes rolled back in his head,” according to the affidavit.

He was uncuffed and “placed in the recovery position” until paramedics cleared him, the affidavit states.

Bledsoe said investigators seized cash, a hotel key card, condoms, suspected marijuana and a cell phone.

Mitchell is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. He is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. April 10.

 

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