Arrest follows 10-year-old reportedly receiving images of showering nude male

Photo: Ethan Hope

An Izard County man, 28-year-old Ethan Hope of Oxford, has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual indecency with a child, a Class D felony.

Izard County Chief Deputy Charley Melton says officers from his department took a report from a mother of a 10-year-old female who stated the girl had received inappropriate photos and videos over a social media platform from an adult male. The images allegedly showed a nude male showering.

In the messages, the male, later identified as Hope, reportedly asked the girl if she wanted to see something dirty,” to which she replied “no.”

Investigators interviewed Hope, who did not deny sending the photos and videos, but stated he did not mean to send them to the 10-year-old.

Online court documents indicate the affidavit in the case has been sealed.

Hope’s bond was set at $5,000, professional, with a court date last Wednesday in Izard County Circuit Court.

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