A Fayetteville man faces three felony charges charges after being arrested by Fayetteville police Friday.
Robert Maynard, 27, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Friday afternoon and released on $2,500 bond later that day, according to the Sheriff’s Department website. Maynard faces charges of computer child pornography, distributing, possessing or viewing sexually explicit images of a child and sexual indecency with a child, according to the arrest warrant.
Computer child pornography alleges that a computer is used to seduce a child, or someone thought to be a child, into sexually explicit behavior, the warrant said.
Fayetteville police began an investigation in May 2012 after a complaint was lodged with the Killeen (Texas) police of a man sending sexual images and messages to a 14-year-old girl, the warrant said. Maynard was identified as a suspect through an investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, the warrant said.
Police executed a search of Maynard’s home on the 2500 block of Sycamore Street and several computers, a smartphone and other devices were collected Sept. 4, the warrant said. Maynard told police he met the 14 year old through an internet chat service and said it was possible he sent sexually explicit photos to her, according to the warrant.
Maynard told officers he was a graduate student teacher at Arkansas and he had a laptop at his office. Maynard turned the laptop over to officers and, after police obtained a search warrant, officers found 40 images of a sexually explicit nature involving children between the ages of 9 and 15, the warrant said.