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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