Faulkner County Sheriff's Office deputy sheriff Keith Rick's employment was terminated Monday amid allegations of sexual assault of a 14-year-old female.
Rick, 24, who is part of FCSO's patrol division, is also subject of a Conway Police Department investigation into the allegations, which reportedly originated in the city limits.
Rick is not under arrest, according to Conway Police Department public information officer La Tresha Woodruff.
A warrant was not issued as of press time Monday.
Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock said via email release the sheriff's office was made aware of the allegations at 9 p.m. Sunday, and deputies responded to Rick's residence to place him on administrative leave pending Conway Police Department's criminal investigation.
"We immediately took his police car, gun, badge and equipment. We weren't there investigating," Shock said.
Shock said Rick made statements pertaining to the accusations while deputies were at his residence that led to his employment being terminated.
Shock said the statements Rick made will be part of the criminal investigation, and he could not comment on them.
"It's disappointing, he had been with us since 2008 and he hasn't exhibited behavior that he could be capable of what he's accused of. Everyone is entitled to due process under the law, but if allegations are proven he needs to be held accountable for his actions," Shock said. "We took swift action after the report was filed."
Shock said Rick was not on duty or acting in his official capacity in the time the alleged assault would have taken place.
Rick referred questions to local attorney Frank Shaw Monday, and a woman who answered the phone at Shaw's office did not know Rick was a client.
Shaw did not return a message left Monday seeking comment by press time.
Rick had been employed by FCSO since June of 2008, when he was hired as a detention officer.
He transferred to the prisoner transport division in August of 2010, and in March of last year he was transferred to the patrol division.
Shock said the alleged victim in the sexual assault is an acquaintance of Rick's.
The Conway Police Department incident report of the allegations was not available Monday, Woodruff said.
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