A former Pulaski County Special School District bus driver was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to commit rape in Faulkner County.
Philip Parker Frederic, 56, of Jacksonville was arrested in February 2016 on a conspiracy to commit rape charge after Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigators caught him trying to meet up with an underage girl.
A jury found Frederic, who was also a former church choir director, guilty after deliberating for eight minutes Wednesday. During the sentencing phase, the jury deliberated for six minutes before sentencing Frederic to 30 years in prison, the maximum term of imprisonment for conspiring to commit rape.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews said the jury’s verdict sent a "clear message" that Faulkner County officials and residents continue to hold child predators accountable for their crimes.
"The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has prioritized getting child sex offenders off the street and we are honored to partner with them to make our community a safe place to raise children," she said. "The jury in this case had to hear evidence of the most vile kind and we thank them for their hard work. A guilty verdict and maximum sentence, both rendered in less than 10 minutes, sends a clear message that our community will not tolerate anyone coming into this community to victimize children."
Sheriff Tim Ryals said FCSO is committed to tracking down sexual predators that victimize Faulkner County residents, both young and old.
"These type of cyber crimes are done by perpetrators who remain in the shadows," he said. "They have no face until caught. These predators are someone’s neighbor, family member or relatives and these crimes may never be discovered or brought to light if we didn’t work toward discovering these predators."
Investigators began chatting with Frederic on Feb. 14, 2016, and arranged to meet up at 4:30 p.m. the next day in Mayflower.
When Frederic arrived to the disclosed meeting location, "FCSO personnel maneuvered multiple vehicles into the area" and ultimately blocked him from potentially fleeing and he was placed under arrest," the affidavit stated.
While chatting with officers, undercover investigators advised Frederic to bring Michelob Light beer and glitter nail polish.
According to the affidavit, "12 bottles of Michelob Ultra beer, two sticks of glittery nail polish, a cellular phone and a black/gray backpack containing miscellaneous items" were seized as evidence upon Frederic’s arrest.
"Crimes such as conspiracy to commit rape are intolerable to me, and I will not rest while our team continues to fight for the citizens of this fine county," Ryals said. "Through the committed excellence of this administration and our Criminal Investigation Division, Faulkner County is [a] safer home for our children and their families."
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jordan Crews said the prosecutor’s office puts protecting the county’s people at the forefront.
"The prosecutor’s office first job is to protect people who cannot protect themselves," he said. "We are asking juries to send a strong message that this community will not accept people victimizing children."