Convicted sex offender facing 10 charges involving social media

A Van Buren County man, 30-year-old Jeremy Wayne Smith of Shirley, has been arrested and charged in Stone County with 10 counts of failing to comply with sex offender reporting requirements.According to the probable cause affidavit, Stone County investigators executed a search warrant on Smith’s cellphone in June, following an investigation by Arkansas Parole and Probation and the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.

Recovered data showed Smith’s phone contained 10 social media accounts created between April 29 and May 19, following the creation of a Facebook account in December.

Accounts included Skype, Farmer’s Only, Match, Hookup, Tinder, Badoo, Kik, Plenty of Fish and DateMyAge.

None of the accounts were registered with law enforcement per Smith’s probation conditions as a sex offender.

Smith was released from the Arkansas Department of Correction April 25, creating his first social media contact four days later.

Online court records indicate Smith was arrested and charged with one count of rape in 2015 in Pope County. He was alleged to have engaged in deviate sexual activity between 2004 and 2005 with another person who was less than 14 years of age.

Smith waived his right to a jury trial in 2016 and entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of second-degree assault. He was sentenced to 75 months in the DOC, followed by five years of probation.

Online jail records show he was released from the Stone County Detention Center Thursday, after posting a $20,000 bond on the latest charges.

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