Sex offender nabbed in recent Pike County Internet predator sting
A convicted Glenwood sex offender recently released from jail is back in trouble after falling for a sexual predator Internet sting, according to information filed in Pike County Circuit Court.
Justin Michael Gregory, 19, of 246 Slate Mill Road in Glenwood, was arrested last week and charged with sexual indecency with a child, which is a statute that covers sexual solicitation of a minor.
Gregory was convicted in January in Montgomery County for sexual solicitation of a minor. He received four years probation and is currently registered as a sex offender. Following the January conviction, Gregory had been incarcerated for old fines and charges and had only been out of jail for approximately three week at the time of his arrest last week.
On March 5, Pike County Detective Clark Kinzler assigned a case to Detective Jason McDonald after the sheriff’s department had received a report about a known sex offender who had made contact, via the social media, with his previous 14-year-old female victim.
Detective McDonald logged into an investigative online account which is set up to investigate, locate and prosecute Internet stalkers. The account is designed to represent as a 14-year-old female. “A short time after McDonald entered the site, Mr. Gregory initiated a chat session with McDonald whom he believed to be a 14-year-old female,” according to case information.
The chat topics eventually led Gregory to solicit sexual contact and request to meet in person at the Glenwood City Park. During a second chat session between the detective and the suspect, Gregory again requested to meet at the park and detailed his “desired actions and even the number of condoms that he had to conduct the sexual encounter,” according to case information. Gregory said he would be on a green BMX bicycle and detailed the clothing he would be wearing so the suspected female would know who he was on sight.
A meeting time was set and Gregory was located in the park on his green bike and wearing the clothing he described. A takedown of the suspect was conducted by Kinzler, McDonald, Sheriff Charlie Caldwell and Deputy David Shelby and Chief Deputy Jerry Lowery.
“In exact congruence with the online conversation Gregory had in his possession four condoms that he said he would bring to the meeting for his sexual intercourse with his desired 14-year-old child victim,” according to case information.
Gregory is currently being held on a $100,000 bond at the Pike County Jail. He will return to court on March 25 for formal arraignment.
2 sentenced Monday
James Lee Meek, 35, of Caddo Gap pleaded guilty Monday in Pike County Circuit Court to an amended charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to fours years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with two years suspended and was ordered to pay related court costs.
Kimberly Michelle Eatmon, 31, of Hope pleaded “no contest” to the charge of furnishing, possessing or using prohibited articles. She was sentenced to five years of probation with one year suspended and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and related court costs. Eatmon was caught earlier this year trying to take marijuana and rolling papers inside the Pike County Jail for her brother, Brian Herring.