Defense asks prosecutors to return evidence

The defense attorney for a Greers Ferry man accused of internet stalking a child is asking for time to review evidence and for prosecutors to return seized items.

 

Frank Shaw said he’d received a “good amount to discovery” in 36-year-old James Jarrett’s case and needed more time to review the evidence.

Jarrett was arrested in Guy on Jan. 12 after arranging to meet up with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy, according to police.

He is charged with internet stalking of a child and is currently free on a $20,000 bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, investigators seized four cell phones and “a glass smoking device with white crystal like residue” when Jarrett was arrested.

Shaw requested Tuesday that the court require prosecutors to return items that were seized during Jarrett’s arrest, referring to cell phones that were confiscated.

“The issue we’d like to bring up [involves] returned property,” Shaw said in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Tuesday. “The property doesn’t have anything to do [with the case].”

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Colin Wall said investigators were planning to search the contents of the phones.

If no illegal evidence is found on them, they will be returned to Jarrett, he said.

Jarrett is set to appear next in circuit court at 1 p.m. May 23.

Background

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. Jan. 12 in Guy.

The investigator posing as a 14-year-old boy asked Jarrett to bring him a cold drink and cigarettes.

When investigators placed Jarrett under arrest early that morning he had four cell phones and a glass pipe with him.

Investigators also noted Jarrett “was in possession of baby wipes, multiple towels and washcloths, multiple packs of cigarettes and two cans of cold Mountain Dew.”

 

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