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Man wanted on sexual assault charge arrested following noise complaint

Robert Jamison (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Robert Jamison (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

When her 14-year-old son began locking his bedroom door at night and shoving his bed against it, a Jonesboro mom knew there was a problem.

When she asked him why he was doing this, the boy reportedly replied that 24-year-old Robert Wayne Jamison was keeping him awake at night trying to play with his “bird.”

The mom explained to Detective Mike Branscum of the Jonesboro Police Department that “bird” was the term her 2 sons used to describe their genitals.

According to court records, Jamison had been living with the family for 4 years.

The victim told investigators Jamison would sleep on the couch in the living room. Then, when everyone went to sleep at night, Jamison would come into his room.

The boy stated on 3 different occasions Jamison pulled his pajama bottoms down while he slept and fondled him, the affidavit stated.

Each time the victim would awake and tell Jamison to get out of his room.

Court documents stated Jamison moved out of the residence before the alleged abuse was revealed.

Detectives contacted the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline and an investigator with Arkansas State Police interviewed the victim. The boy reportedly told the investigator the same story he had given his mother.

On January 7, Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge Jamison with felony sexual assault-second degree and issued a warrant for his arrest.

For nearly 2 months Jamison evaded arrest.

But that ended at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, when Jonesboro police officers responded to a loud music complaint in the 1700 block of Heather Ridge.

When they knocked on the door, Jamison answered.

Although the officers reportedly recognized Jamison, they asked him who he was.

Jamison told the officers he was “Johnny Talley,” according to the incident report.

The ruse didn't last long.

Jamison's mother came to the front door and when the officers asked what the man's name was she reportedly responded “Robert Jamison.”

By that time Jamison had gone back into the home.

One of the officers opened the front door and called out “Robert.” According to the report, Jamison looked at the officer.

With that, the officer arrested Jamison and transported him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Jamison appeared before Judge Blackman who set a surety bond of $20,000 and ordered Jamison to appear in circuit court on March 31 to answer the felony charge of sexual assault.

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