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Police officer arrested for Internet stalking children

Former FCSO deputy arrested by FCSO

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 8:31pm
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A former Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Thursday in a child Internet stalking sting arranged by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

According to Chief Deputy Matt Rice, Josh George, 30, of Guy, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Kroger parking lot at Salem Road in Conway, where he thought he was to meet with a woman and her children for the purpose of having sex with her and her two female minor children, ages 9 and 12.

George first began working at Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department in 2007, Rice said, and he was terminated for lying on a police report about his department-owned vehicle, which Rice said was involved in an accident.

George returned to the department in late 2013, but quit after about one month, said Rice.

In his second employment with FCSO, he worked as a detention officer.

Rice said George is currently employed as a corrections officer with the Department of Community Corrections in Little Rock and is a part time patrol officer at Guy Police Department.

Rice said an officer with FCSO’s Criminal Investigations Department was engaged online by George, who asked questions about “sexual situations with minors and the mother.”

The sting lasted just two to three days, Rice said.

“We kept talking to him, and he wanted to meet, so we met him,” said Rice.

Rice said deputies were already aware George was a former deputy with their department before they met and arrested him Thursday.

“It is appalling that this type of behavior exists in today’s world, but unfortunately it does. We will do everything we can to protect anyone, especially children,” said Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock. “Mr. George will be held accountable for his actions. I want to commend our investigators for doing a thorough job of investigating this case. They deserve a pat on the back. These types of cases require dedication and perseverance.”

FCSO’s online investigations have netted other arrests with the same charge of Internet Stalking of a Child in similar scenarios, including at least two in 2013.

A forehead injury seen in George’s intake photo is the result of his being “taken to the ground” by deputies after he was commanded to get down due to the likelihood that he was armed, according to Rice.

Rice said George had a firearm in his pocket.

George is being held without bond until his first court appearance scheduled for Monday.

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conwayville
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conwayville 04/11/14 - 07:18 am
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Prime example

of the fact that public officials are people too. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not condoning the accused person's behavior-I'm just saying that they get up in the morning just like you and I do. The big problem is that many times people tend to forget what it means when you hold a position that is looked up to, whether it be Deputy, Mayor, President, or whatever. The actions that people make will shape your entire life. In this case, the guy will be labeled a child molester and sexual predator for the rest of his life.

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Igor Rabinowitz 04/11/14 - 08:11 am
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Uh, wait

I'm a people too. I've never stalked a child or pursued having sex with a child or children, I've never lied on a police report, and on.

I'd argue a better statement would be "Criminals are everywhere."

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/11/14 - 08:50 am
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but

Don't you have compassion for him?

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/11/14 - 09:39 am
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Hardly

Is hardly say CPD or FCSO are good role models.... Unless ignorant, stupid, lazy, or void of critical thinking skills are aspects you desire (I know they all aren't like that). And as for the pres, that's a riot in itself.

onlymyopinion
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onlymyopinion 04/11/14 - 08:58 am
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Personal Veandetta ?

I think this is poor police work and was purely motivated as a personal vendetta against this person. If he is truly a sexual predator then get another agency involved in the investigation and reduce the conflict of interest that is here. Looks like he worked for several, and yet the county kept hiring him back? From what I read on these cases, most last weeks or months before a person is arrested and they did this in a few (2-3 days) at best? "Rice said an officer with FCSO’s Criminal Investigations Department was engaged online by George, who asked questions about “sexual situations with minors and the mother.” I wonder if they engaged him because they knew who he was? "Rice said deputies were already aware George was a former deputy with their department before they met and arrested him Thursday"

Sounds personal and rushed at best. If he is really a bad guy then leave him in jail, but do more work and swallow your pride and get another agency involved so this bad guy doesn't win on a technicality.

libertas
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libertas 04/11/14 - 09:02 am
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Uh.....

Everyone should be considered innocent until proven guilty and that means the police don't have license to beat up the suspect. Anyone notice the rather large and bleeding wound on his forehead?

alipage72
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alipage72 04/11/14 - 02:27 pm
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but...

apparently he was able to be engaged...

Citizen of Conway
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Citizen of Conway 04/11/14 - 04:09 pm
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Libertas DUH

The injury was noted in the article and so was the fact that he was carrying a gun. One bump on the noggin from being taken down does not equate to "beaten up".

libertas
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libertas 04/15/14 - 12:14 pm
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Seriously?

I have a permit to carry a gun and so did he, so because I exercise my Second Amendment right that gives the police the right to slam my face into the concrete? Let's give them all Jack Boots and call it a police state then.

Citizen of Conway
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Citizen of Conway 04/11/14 - 04:14 pm
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Onlymyopinion

Some investigations take months, some days. The sooner a pedophile is arrested the better. As to targeting him, the conversation was started by him. No one twisted his arm to asked to have sex with children. Thanks you FSCO!

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