Alleged victim was 14: Green Forest man accused of sex with child
By Scott Loftis
A Green Forest man is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond after being arrested on charges of sexual indecency with a child, sex trafficking and internet stalking of a child.
Berryville police arrested Jason Vasquez, 21, at the Berryville City Park just before 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21. Vasquez allegedly went to the park to meet a 14-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.
According to a probable cause affidavit written by Berryville police officer Cody Boren, Vasquez allegedly had engaged in two previous sexual encounters with the alleged victim that included oral and anal sex. The affidavit alleges that both incidents occurred in Vasquez’s truck at the city pool and that Vasquez paid the alleged victim $50 for sex.
According to the affidavit, Boren was informed about the sexual encounters between Vasquez and the alleged victim on Aug. 7. Boren was told that Vasquez and the alleged victim had exchanged messages on Snapchat.
The Snapchat messages between the alleged victim and Vasquez began in January and continued through July, the affidavit says, and Vasquez was aware that the alleged victim was 13 when the conversations began, according to the affidavit.
“The male advised that he does not share his identity with any of the females he meets,” the affidavit says. “He prefers to keep his encounters discrete.”The conversations included discussion of various sexual acts and prices for those acts, the affidavit says. Vasquez told the alleged victim he had sexual relations with two other juveniles, according to the affidavit, and the alleged victim says several times that she is scared. Vasquez also sent the alleged victim two videos of him having sex with an unidentified female, the affidavit says.
Vasquez asked the alleged victim several times if she has any friends that would be interested in joining them, the affidavit says, and described anal sex with the alleged victim in graphic terms.
On Aug. 10, the affidavit says, Boren witnessed an interview with the alleged victim conducted by a forensic interviewer at a children’s advocacy center in Harrison. During the interview, the alleged victim described the sexual encounters and said that she “told him no like a thousand times,” when Vasquez asked to meet.
On Aug. 11, the affidavit says, the alleged victim’s phone was taken to the Homeland Security office in Fayetteville and a phone number was discovered that was linked to a Snapchat account and associated with an address in Green Forest. The phone number was also linked to several individuals, including Vasquez, associated with the address in Green Forest, the affidavit says.
On Aug. 12, the affidavit says, Boren met with the alleged victim and she identified a photo of Vasquez as the male with whom she had the two sexual encounters.
On Aug. 18, the affidavit says, the alleged victim’s Instagram account received a message and Berryville police were contacted. Law enforcement responded with a message to the Snapchat account, the affidavit says, and a meeting was arranged for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Berryville City Park.
Vasquez continued to send sexual messages to the alleged victim’s Snapchat account on that date, the affidavit says, and asked the alleged victim if he could record or live-stream the day’s sexual acts. Vasquez offered to pay the alleged victim $60, the affidavit says.
Vasquez said he was running late and would arrive at the park around 2:45 p.m., according to the affidavit.
Vasquez arrived at the park at approximately 2:55 p.m., the affidavit says, and officers stopped his vehicle and placed him under arrest.
Vasquez had a condom and $276 in cash in his possession, the affidavit says. Officers found a professional-style camera and equipment in the truck Vasquez was driving.
Vasquez appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Aug. 24. Ramsey found probable cause to charge Vasquez with three felonies and set bond at $500,000. He ordered Vasquez to have no contact with the alleged victim and to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Berryville.