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Update: FCSO deputy under investigation for sexual assault of female, 14

Posted: March 10, 2014 - 1:17pm

 

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.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236, or on Twitter @Courtneyism. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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Outdoorsie
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Outdoorsie 03/12/14 - 08:59 pm
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Seriously..nobody

Your tellin me nobody has a comment on this..we'll let me be the first to congratulate Vincent and the rest of the administration..u always talked abt how good rick was and now..he's fired for possible sexual contact with a 14 year old girl..if he was one of the good ones I would hate to see Wht ur bad ones r hiding...score one for team shock

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reader 03/14/14 - 09:56 pm
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Its kind of a disgusting subject

but like all people charged with crimes, he is innocent until proven guilty. I don't know this officer but I did google his name and see a lot of trash written in previous years about him from other locations. I will presume him innocent of those claims too since I have no evidence of any wrongs he has done. I'm willing to let the justice system work and see how it turns out. However, I do have empathy for young lady who claims to have been assaulted, regardless of the outcome of the trial of the officer.

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357 03/13/14 - 03:24 pm
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Did you not read the

Did you not read the article??

He was not fired because of the accusation. He was fired because he didn't exercise his right to remain silent.

Outdoorsie
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Outdoorsie 03/14/14 - 09:04 pm
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That's y I said possible

That's y I said possible sexual contact..that's y he is being investigated for possibly having sexual contact with a minor

onlymyopinion
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onlymyopinion 03/15/14 - 12:13 pm
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Hinchman

Probably forced to make a statement under duress of the "SHOCK" and awe by the bible welding sheriff and his IA office. Is he wrong for his actions YES, should he be handed down an appropriate judicial punishment by a jury or the prosecutors office YES, but I bet he wasn't given the option to remain silent or ask for an attorney on false promises.

The Sherriff and his mighty men can not be held responsible for his off duty or on duty actions, this kid made a very bad life changing decision that effects many. We can not blame the Sheriff or the agency, but the department can be held responsible for how they handled the situation after it was reported.

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Raving Bear 03/15/14 - 08:18 pm
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He's not a kid, he is accused

He's not a kid, he is accused of raping one. he was a badge wearing gun toting member of society authorized to use force to enforce laws and to serve and protect members of the public. He apparently betrayed all of that. The Sheriff was spot on in seizing his gun and badge and terminating his employment.

I get that a lot of people don't like the Sheriff, but really, to attack him for getting rid of an accused child rapist... That is really reaching deep.

Kudos to Sheriff Shock for his actions and the actions of the rest of the FCSO when they found out they and us had been betrayed. I hope that girl gets justice.

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alipage72 03/22/14 - 11:14 am
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Raving Bear

Agree with your whole statement. This has absolutely nothing to do with people's politics and liking or disliking the sheriff. They did the absolute right thing. "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" Onlymyopinion, unless you were there, then it is 'just' your opinion. We don't know what he said that led to his arrest, but I guarantee it wasn't "hey guys, what's up?"

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