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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Barling Police say man charged with sex crimes was harboring Mulberry runaway

The Barling Police Department has released information on the arrest of a Barling man last week on charges of Second Degree Sexual Assault and Possession of Explicit Material Depicting Children.

The investigation started when the the Mulberry Police Department contacted Barking officers regarding a juvenile who had run away and was believed to be in Barling.

Officers arrived at a residence on H Street in Barling and located the juvenile who was then safely turned over to the custody of Mulberry Police Department. While on scene, officers made contact with Jacob Stevens, 27, of Barling.

During the investigation into the runaway juvenile, evidence was obtained leading investigators to believe that the juvenile may have been sexually assaulted during their time with Stevens.

On the evening of December 30, Jacob Stevens was placed under arrest at the Barling on the felony charges, with other charges being possible in the case.

Stevens remains jailed in the Sebastian County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 legally sufficient bond and has an initial court date of February 3, 2021.

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