Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to crack down on Internet sex crimes, making two more arrests this week.
Eddie Paul Davis, 45, of Fort Smith was taken into custody Monday on a charge of Internet stalking of a child. He was arrested in circuit court while appearing for an unrelated conspiracy to commit rape charge.
The FCSO began investigating a "suspicious online posting" on Feb. 22 and "recognized the suspect’s email as one used in a previous case" when communication switched to private email, according to a news release.
Investigators sent emails from three separate undercover profiles in response to Davis’s online posting seeking an underage female and/or male, authorities said.
Davis solicited nude photos from the FCSO’s underage female profile and made arrangements to go camping where he said he would provide alcohol and cigarettes in exchange for sexual contact, according to an affidavit. Davis suggested visiting "a remote part of Devil’s Den State Park," the affidavit stated.
In his conversations with undercover investigators, Davis reportedly said he worked at a facility in Fort Smith but that he had "been riding a scooter to and from work" because his vehicle was unavailable.
Investigators placed Davis under arrest when he appeared in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday for his prior conspiracy to commit rape charge. Davis is set to appear next in circuit court at 9 a.m. April 18.
In its 14th Internet sex crime arrest since September, the FSCO arrested Jeremy Brooks Wade, 20, of Conway on Tuesday on a conspiracy to commit rape charge.
Wade "sent an email through an online social networking site" to an FCSO investigator’s undercover profile in January and "expressed an interest in incest related sexual contacts," according to an affidavit.
The affidavit stated Wade sent a message to the investigator Tuesday and said he wanted to make "sexual contact with multiple people, including two children" and made arrangements to meet the undercover investigator.
Wade met the investigator at a predetermined location in Conway and was placed under arrest. FCSO deputies took his cell phone, as well as the condoms and lubricant he brought with him, as evidence. His plea and arraignment was set for April 18.
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