Facebook report leads to Stone County man’s arrest on sex-related charges

Photo: Zachery M. Staffen-Lewis

A Stone County man, 28-year-old Zachery M. Staffen-Lewis of Mountain View, has been arrested and charged with nine counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a special agent with the Arkansas State Police (ASP), Criminal Investigation Division, received a cyber tip in mid-November. The tip was submitted by Facebook to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Facebook reported Staffen-Lewis had allegedly violated its terms and conditions by uploading a sexually explicit video involving children to the Messenger chat platform.

Staffen-Lewis was arrested on Nov. 16 for a valid probation and parole warrant. During the arrest, the Stone County man’s cellphone was seized.

Three days later, the ASP special agent recovered three videos and five images that were child explicit in nature.

In an interview at the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, Staffen-Lewis reportedly said he did not know about the videos and images. He said he had chatted with someone on the KIK application in October, and the individual sent the images and videos to him. He saved the files to his SD card and “planned on turning them over to law enforcement but never did.”

Online court documents indicate Staffen-Lewis is in the Stone County jail on a no bond hold until the next circuit court date.

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