Arkansas public defender arrested in online sting

Arkansas public defender arrested in online sting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas public defender has been arrested on preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit rape.

Daniel Arthur Stewart was arrested Saturday in a joint operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.

According to a warrant posted Monday in circuit court, an undercover investigator posed online as a father offering sexual contact with a juvenile. The warrant says Stewart arranged over the course of several weeks to meet with the officer.

Stewart was arrested at a hotel in Fort Smith and transported to Faulkner County.

Arkansas Public Defender Commission officials confirmed that Stewart was the managing public defender in the Sebastian County office at the time of his arrest.

A phone call to Stewart's attorney was not immediately returned Monday.

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