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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Man Arrested for Propositioning Jr. High Student

May 3, 2007 - Posted at 6:56 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- A stranger approaches your child and sexually propositions them...all on their walk to school.  It's what a 14-year-old Annie Camp Junior High student says happened Wednesday morning. But the man police have arrested says he was only asking for directions.  

"This is a set up.  What he says happened did not happen," said suspect Michael Scott Williams, "I stopped and asked for directions."

Williams, 35, says he was lost when he stopped his car around 7:30 Wednesday morning to approach a 14-year-old boy who was on his way to school at Annie Camp Junior High in Jonesboro.  He is charged with Sexual Indecency with a Child, a Class D felony.

"What did you say to the boy?" asked K8 reporter Heather Flanigan.

"If he knew where the street address was," replied Williams.

But police say the conversation went differently.

"The guy inside the vehicle asked him for sexual favors, if he gave sexual favors and the boy stated he was rubbing the end of his penis," said Jonesboro Police Detective Chris Poe.

The boy recorded the license plate number and reported the incident to the Annie Camp School Resource officer.  

"He did admit to having a fake penis with him. He stated that he had met a gentleman online in a chat room and was going to meet him and had planned on taking the fake penis with him. That is possibly what the boy saw and became alarmed," said Poe.

Williams is on parole.  He was sentenced to 20 years for first degree battery in 1994, but only served seven.

"I have never molested a child," said Williams.

"He denied making any comments about any types of sexual acts toward the boy, but did admit to talking to the boy and that he had the fake penis between his legs while seated in the car," said Poe.

The boy also described Williams as wearing a white bandanna with black print.  Six matching the description were confiscated from his home.  A search of Williams' black Ford Mustang located the fake penis and K-Y Jelly in a pocket behind the passenger seat. 

If convicted, Williams faces up to six years in jail and a $100,000 fine.  Bond was set Thursday at $100,000.  He is scheduled to be back in court on June 22nd at 8:30 a.m.

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