Three men arrested after allegedly contacting minors via Internet, texts for sex
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette
Texarkana, Ark., Police Department has arrested three men who allegedly tried to arrange sexual encounters with minors using the Internet and cellphones.
The lengthy investigation by Detective Tye Whatley began after several complaints of suspicious activity involving Internet social media were received, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon by TAPD spokeswoman Kristi Mitchell.
The press release states that the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are expected.
Jason Lee Kennedy, 31, was arrested Aug. 10 after arriving at a location in Texarkana, Ark., where he allegedly believed he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl. Kennedy allegedly began communicating with the girl a couple of days earlier under the screen name Shrek Fukowee, according to a search warrant affidavit used to create the following account.
Kennedy allegedly asked the girl if she wanted to go to Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar in Texarkana. The girl allegedly responded by stating she could not because of her age.
Kennedy allegedly continued to send cellphone text and Internet messages of a sexual nature, including a photo of male genitals.
The girl told Kennedy that she likes men to paint their toenails green, and requested that he do so.
Kennedy was taken into custody after arriving on a black motorcycle at a location to meet the girl. He wore a leather vest with a Fukowee motorcycle club patch.
“Kennedy advised that his only intentions were to give her advice,” the affidavit states. “Kennedy also advised that he painted his toenails green in order for her to listen to him.”
Kennedy was initially charged with Internet stalking of a child in Miller County. A federal indictment, which was unsealed Monday, was handed down Oct. 11 in the Texarkana division of the Western District of Arkansas federal court.
Kennedy and attorney John Stroud of Texarkana appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activities.
Bryant released Kennedy on a $5,000 unsecured bond with special conditions, including that Kennedy wear an electronic monitoring device and be supervised by pretrial authorities. He must seek employment and is prohibited access to a computer, the Internet or any mobile device capable of accessing the Internet.
Kennedy’s indictment includes notice that the government intends to seek forfeiture of his computer and cellphone equipment supposedly used in the alleged offense. Kennedy is scheduled to appear in federal court for trial in December. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Quinn is prosecuting.
Johnathan Lee Sasnett, 25, was arrested Aug. 15 by TAPD officers in the alleged use of a cellphone and the Internet to communicate with a girl he believed was 14, according to search warrant documents used to create the following account.
Sasnett allegedly sent a number of sexually explicit texts and messages to the girl despite being made aware of her age. Sasnett made arrangements to meet the girl, but never showed.
Sasnett was arrested on the basis of the sexually explicit communications. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of Internet stalking of a child Monday before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson in Miller County. As part of a plea agreement, Sasnett accepted a term of eight years in an Arkansas prison. Deputy prosecutor Katie Carter handled the case for the state. Sasnett was represented by public defender Shannon Tuckett.
Joshua Paul Ferguson, 25, was arrested after arriving at an agreed upon location Aug. 13. Ferguson was allegedly well aware that he was communicating with a teen girl when he sent sexually oriented messages via the Internet. Ferguson allegedly admitted to investigators that he intended to have sex with the girl after taking her to another location.
Ferguson allegedly had a condom in the console of his pickup when he was stopped at the meeting site.
Ferguson’s Internet stalking of a child case is pending in Miller County.
Anyone with information concerning suspicious activity on the Internet should contact TAPD at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.
Source: Texarkana Gazette