FAYETTEVILLE — A 66-year-old Harrison man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after arranging a meeting with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover police officer.
David Clay Fowlkes, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that 66-year-old Wayne King, age 66, of Harrison was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by 10 years of supervised release on one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.
According to court records, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Arkansas State Police and several local law enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation to target online sexual predators in Northwest Arkansas in September 2019.
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 girl for a sexual encounter and was arrested upon arriving at the predetermined meeting location.
King was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2019 and entered a guilty plea in April of 2020.
The case was investigated by HSI, ICAC and the Arkansas State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Amy Driver prosecuted the case for the United States.
The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks, United States District Judge, presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.