A Faulkner County man accused of asking a close family member for sexual favors last year turned himself over to authorities earlier this week.
James Robert Samples of Guy was formally charged Jan. 25 with one count of sexual indecency with a minor, a Class D felony following allegations that led to a months-long investigation against the 47-year-old.
Authorities attempted to arrest the Faulkner County man at his Pinnacle Springs residence last month but were unable to locate the suspect. On Tuesday, the 47-year-old suspect turned himself over to the sheriff's office.
Online records show that Samples was booked into the county jail at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday and also that he posted bond by noon the same day. A plea and arraignment hearing before Circuit Judge Troy B. Braswell has since been scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 25 in Faulkner County Circuit Court regarding the newly-filed felony case.
The charge stems from an investigation against the Faulkner County man that began in May 2018.
Guy Police Chief Chris Humphrey was contacted about the ongoing investigation by an Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children investigator last year. According to the probable cause affidavit filed against Samples, the Child Advocacy Alliance interviewed the alleged victim on May 7 and a copy of the interview was sent over to Humphrey.
According to statements made by the juvenile to CAC Forensic Investigator Lisa Johnston, the suspect “has approached her multiple times and asked her to perform oral sex on him while he performs oral sex on her.”
The girl told officials Samples “has never made any inappropriate physical contact with her” but that “she is afraid that he is going to act on these requests,” adding that “he has asked her this on four separate occasions” between Feb. 1, 2018, and May 9, 2018, the affidavit states.
Samples reportedly agreed on June 11 to speak with Humphrey at the Guy Police Department. When he arrived at the small-town department, he was accompanied by two adult females, according to the affidavit.
After being informed he was free to leave at any point during questioning, Samples reportedly agreed to talk with Humphrey as long as the two women who arrived with him were also present during his interview.
“While speaking with him, he stated that he was aware of the allegation against him and that it was false. He stated that it did not occur,” Humphrey wrote in his report. “Both females present stated they had not witnessed any inappropriate behavior either. [One woman] added that she believes [the girl] has an active imagination and feels this is from that.”
Samples declined participating in a computer voice stress analyzer test but did fill out a voluntary statement, according to the affidavit.