Sex offender facing new charge of computer child pornography

Sex offender facing new charge of computer child pornography
Joshua Waggoner (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A registered sex offender faces child pornography charges after police said he sent sexually explicit messages to a girl.

Police arrested 36-year-old Joshua McKinley Waggoner of Trumann at his home on Melrose Drive early Saturday morning.

According to a police report, a 16-year-old girl accused Waggoner of sending her sexually explicit messages via Facebook.

She told police Waggoner, who is a friend of her father's, was at her home talking to her aunt when he began sending messages to her.

In the messages, Waggoner commented on the girl's appearance and then made lewd comments as to what he would like to do with her, the report said.

The girl told police she ignored the messages, but then Waggoner made multiple attempts to call her through the Facebook Messenger app.

At one point, the report said, Waggoner sent the victim a message saying "If you don't say no it means yes."

The girl said she then called two male friends and asked them to come to her house to "help keep her safe from Waggoner."

One of her friends reportedly called Waggoner out of the house and began to question him about the messages.

When Waggoner accused the girl of lying, one of the males punched him in the face, the report said.

The girl told officers Waggoner then jumped the fence and ran away, dropping his wallet and cell phone in the process.

After collecting the items, officers went to Waggoner's home on Melrose and arrested him on suspicion of internet stalking of a child.

The charge was later amended to computer child pornography because, as the report said, "Waggoner utilized internet services to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice a juvenile female to engage in sexually explicit conduct."

On Monday, Waggoner appeared before Poinsett County District Judge Ron Hunter who found probable cause to charge him.

Waggoner is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond awaiting an April 23 appearance in circuit court.

In 2015, police arrested Waggoner after a 12-year-old girl said he raped her while she was visiting relatives.

According to police, Waggoner sent the child a Facebook friend request which she refused.

When the child tried to get away from him, police said he followed her then covered her mouth and raped her vaginally and anally.

The following year he agreed to a negotiated plea of guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and was placed on 3 years supervised probation, according to court records. He was also required to register as a Level 2 sex offender.

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