The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office arrested five Arkansas residents in unrelated sex stings on Thursday.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice said the sheriff’s office will continue putting an emphasis on putting those who seek committing sex crimes against children behind bars.
"If we don’t do this, someone else will," he said, referring to predators seeking after underage victims. "There could potentially be a live victim if we didn’t do this. We will continue working on getting these offenders."
Of those arrested include Jason Edward McColpin, 32, of Cabot, Christopher Michael Curtis, 38, of Little Rock, and Jay Clint Crouch, 56, of Fountain Hill.
Each is charged with internet stalking of a child, a Class Y felony, and are set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Nov. 6 for a plea and arraignment hearing.
Court documents state that McColpin and Curtis each thought they were meeting up with a 15-year-old boy but instead were met by Faulkner County investigators.
McColpin told the lead investigator’s undercover profile that he was into urination and zoophilia. He also stated that he was "2000% positive" he was OK with having intercourse with an underage boy.
Crouch arranged to meet up with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
According to a probable cause affidavit, he told who he thought was an underage girl that he would pay her $1,000 to stay with him for a few days.
"If everything goes good and she’s really cool and likes playing, I’ll [be] coming for her again," Crouch said to the lead investigator’s undercover profile in a text message.
Rice said each of Thursday’s arrests were separate cases.
Two Faulkner County residents were arrested on misdemeanor charges in Thursday night sex stings conducted by the sheriff’s office.
Keven Sweeden, 30, of Greenbrier and Joshua Kenniham, 24, of Conway face sexual solicitation charges. The two are set to appear in district court at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11.
As of Thursday, the sheriff’s office has conducted 33 sex stings so far this year.