A Mayflower man already charged with internet stalking of a child by sheriff's office investigators is now charged with a sex-crime out of the Conway Police Department.
Andrew Peter Scherell, 57, was arrested in October after allegedly messaging who he thought were 12- and 14-year-old girls in Mayflower. On Thursday, 20th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Luke Ferguson filed a second felony case against Scherell after receiving an internet stalking of a child complaint against the 57-year-old suspect from Conway police.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a woman had contacted CPD regarding messages her step-daughter had received from Scherell via Facebook Messenger.
The woman said Scherell had sent her step-daughter multiple pornographic images along with messages containing sexual innuendoes and requests to meet up for sexual acts. Records show the woman brought her step-daughter's phone up to the police department on Oct. 26 so detectives could search through the messages. According to the affidavit, detectives were unable to properly extract data off the girl's phone and sought assistance from the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.
"We were not able to extract any messages from the phone," one Conway officer wrote in his report. "However, I did remember Faulkner County arrested Scherell in September. I contacted [the sheriff's office] and asked if they still had Scherell's cell phone. [The investigator] advised me he had not yet extracted the contents of Scherell's phone, but had intentions of doing so."
Once FCSO investigator's had extracted data off Scherell's phone, they provided CPD with the message thread in question to Conway's case.
Felony charges in the aforementioned case were filed Thursday in Faulkner County Circuit Court. As of press time Thursday, Scherell had not yet been arrested regarding the new case against him.
Felony charges were filed out of the sheriff's office in September after a Mayflower woman contacted authorities regarding an incident where she texted the wrong number and began receiving inappropriate messages from the unknown recipient, later identified as Scherell.
The woman told Mayflower police she "accidentally sent a text message to a wrong number and the receiving party began texting her things of a sexual nature," according to a probable cause affidavit.
Mayflower police informed FCSO the woman told Scherell she was a 12-year-old girl in an attempt to get him to stop texting her. However, he continued sending her sexually explicit messages, including two photos depicting child pornography.
FCSO took over the investigation, posing as a 14-year-old girl. The investigator told Scherell he was the 12 year old's friend.
According to the affidavit, Scherell then began to send who he thought was a 14-year-old girl sexually explicit messages, photos and videos. He arranged to meet the girl in Greenbrier, where he planned to fondle her before taking her to a local store and then leaving for "someplace more private where he would have sexual intercourse" with the 14 year old.
Scherell, who is an Australian man living in the United States, is currently out on a $75,000 bond for the first internet stalking of a child charge.