An Illinois man was arrested Monday in Searcy, and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault of a minor following weeks of investigating by the Conway Police Department.
Michael Stiller, 25, is accused of traveling to Conway to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.
The teen’s parents filed a report with Conway police in September regarding the incident.
The teen told police she met Stiller on a singles hotline, and said he knew she was only 14.
During Stiller’s first visit to Conway, the teen told police she was picked up by Stiller, and the two drove around in his vehicle. However, the teen said the second time Stiller visited, he took her to a motel and had sex with her, according to the affidavit.
The teen told police she was not forced to have sex by Stiller, but felt compelled, the affidavit states.
During the investigation, a detective with Conway’s Criminal Investigations Division posed as a 14-year-old friend of the victim, and began talking via text messages with Stiller, the affidavit states.
While talking with the undercover detective, Stiller admitted to having sex with the 14-year-old Conway girl, and also sent a nude photo of himself to the detective, according to the affidavit.
The Searcy Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, a Searcy business and Stiller’s employer helped Conway police with the suspect’s arrest. The various entities arranged for Stiller, a truck driver, to transport a shipment to Searcy where he was arrested without incident.
Stiller’s first appearance was Monday, and he is currently being held in lieu of a $20,000 bond, court documents show.
Stiller is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 4 before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.
If convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault, a class D felony, Stiller would face up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
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