A Boone County man, 66-year-old Wayne King of Harrison, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole on one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. The prison sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.
David Clay Fowlkes, first assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, made the sentencing announcement Wednesday. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks, United States District judge, presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.
According to court records, in September 2019, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Arkansas State Police and several local law enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation to target online sexual predators in Northwest Arkansas.
As part of the operation, undercover law enforcement investigators placed multiple advertisements on various online websites and mobile applications representing themselves to be minors.
On Sept. 17, 2019, an individual who called himself Wayne, later identified as King, responded to a Craigslist advertisement and began emailing and text messaging with an undercover law enforcement officer who was posing as a 14-year-old female.
Over the course of eight days, King exchanged several emails with the 14-year-old persona, in which he discussed performing sexual activities with the purported minor. King arranged a meeting with the purported 14-year-old female for a sexual encounter and was arrested upon arriving at the predetermined meeting location.
King was indicted by a federal grand jury last November and entered a guilty plea in April.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Arkansas State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Amy Driver prosecuted the case for the United States.