Formal charges were filed Wednesday against Keith Rick, a Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office deputy whose employment was terminated in March amid allegations of sexual assault of a 14-year-old female.

Rick, 24, is charged with second degree sexual assault, a class B felony.

According to the prosecutor’s affidavit filed with Faulkner County Circuit Court, a 14-year-old female contacted Conway Police Department on March 9 and reported Rick had engaged in sexual activity with her at his residence five days earlier.

The girl told police Rick was to take her home from a friend’s house with her mother’s permission, but he first took her to his residence, according to the court information.

Before Rick was terminated from his position with the sheriff’s office, he reportedly told investigators he had recently had contact with a 14-year-old female and that the two had sexual contact but did not have sex.

Rick said he did not know she was 14 years old, according to the affidavit.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt Rice said Rick turned himself in Wednesday on his arrest warrant that was issued Tuesday.

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