Task force taking down suspected child predators

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THREE ARRESTED IN THREE DAYS IN CONTINUED OPERATION KANDY KRUSH

Three individuals were arrested over the past three days as part of the ongoing initiative, Operation Kandy Krush, which targets child sex predators in the six counties of the First Judicial District. The First Judicial District Drug Task Force leads the initiative through undercover online investigations. These recent arrests bring the total number of predators arrested to 18 since the initiative was started.

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Garland Williams AKA “TuTu”, 36, of Forrest City, was arrested after sending what he believed to be a 15 year old female sexually graphic photos of what he purported to the child to be his genitals. Williams asked her to send him sexually graphic photos of her, and offered to rent a hotel room to meet up with the child for the purpose of having sex. He was arrested by a DTF special agent and deputy with the St Francis County Sheriff’s Department. In an interview with investigators, Williams admitted to communicating with the profile and sending the photos. Williams was charged by the Drug Task Force with Internet Stalking of a Child, 5-27-306, a Class B Felony. His bond was set at $100,000 and he made bond that evening.

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On Monday, April 15, 2019, Jerry Reyes, AKA “Jay”, AKA “JR”, 34, of Forrest City, was arrested after sending what he believed to be a 15 year old female pornographic videos, discussing sex acts, and talking about meeting up for sex. “If I knew u were like real n not the feds we could,” Reyes messaged. Reyes clarified, “But between everyone else we couldn’t do nothing till u were 18 years old. Legally speaking.” According to Reyes, he is a Latin Kings gang member. He was arrested by the Drug Task Force with the assistance of the St Francis County Sheriff’s Department. Reyes was charged by the Drug Task Force with Internet Stalking of a Child, 5-27-306, a Class B Felony. He will appear in St. Francis County District Court today at 1pm for his first appearance.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Dustin Spencer Clowers AKA “Richard Dangle”, 35, of Harrisburg, was arrested after sending what he believed to be a 15 year old female sexually graphic photos of his genitals, and asking for sexually explicit photos from the purported child. He also sent videos of himself performing a sex act and discussed meeting up with the child for the purpose of having sex. He was arrested by a DTF special agent, Wynne PD detective, and deputies with the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Department. Clowers, who is on Probation with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections (ACC), had outstanding felony warrants in Poinsett County for Failure to Appear on Battery III and Drug Possession charges, as well as a Probation Revocation. Clowers was trespassing and living in a trailer without the owner’s knowledge or permission at the time of his arrest. In an interview with investigators, Clowers admitted to communicating with the profile and sending sexually explicit material. Clowers was charged by the Drug Task Force with Internet Stalking of a Child, 5-27-306, a Class B Felony out of Woodruff County. More charges are expected in Poinsett County. He is currently being held in the Poinsett County Jail.

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“Our agency has taken the lead to diversify and protect our children using the special investigatory skills of our agents,” stated a DTF agent. “As long as the DTF exists, our agents will continue to be at the tip of the spear protecting our communities from child predators.”

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