Police: Sex offender used Facebook to lure victims

Police: Sex offender used Facebook to lure victims

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Police say a registered Level 3 sex offender used social media to lure young girls into exchanging nude photos with him.

Osceola District Court Judge Donald Betterton found probable cause Tuesday to charge Tyler Antonio King, 22, with failure to register and sexual indecency with a child.

In July 2015, King negotiated a plea in more than one offense to second-degree sexual assault, according to an email from Captain Scott Adams of the Blytheville Police Department.

As part of the agreement, King was required to register as a Level 3 (high risk) sex offender.

He first registered in December but missed his January date, Adams said.

In February, King went to the police station to verify his registration information.

At the time, he denied having an email address and using any form of social media, including Facebook.

Following the meeting, investigators searched Facebook and found two profiles matching his name, age and photos.

After obtaining search warrants, detectives received two encrypted disks from Facebook of the two profiles.

As they reviewed the profiles, Adams said investigators found nude photos of females received in King's instant messages as well as photos of male genitalia he had sent.

Investigators began noticing a pattern.

King would "randomly message numerous female profiles until one responded," Adams said.

In numerous conversations, King would ask for photos.

In one particular exchange with a 12-year-old, King reportedly asked the girl to video chat with him.

She refused.

Adams said King then told the child "To be 12, you got a body."

Despite the girl's refusal, Adams said King engaged in "more graphic sexual talk."

Based on the evidence, police completed an affidavit and a warrant was issued for King's arrest.

On Monday, March 21, his probation officer arrested him.

During his arraignment Tuesday, Betterton set King's bond at $125,000 cash-only and ordered him to appear in Blytheville Circuit Court on April 29.

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